President Meehan blocks pay raises to help cover $10.9 million budget shortfall.
Union members questioned administrative pay raises in the face of rising student costs and previous contract negotiations.
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UMass reinstated the conference one day after an email from Provost Katherine Newman announced its cancellation.
The new head of the University system talks with student and faculty during his second of a full-day campus visit.
The Massachusetts House and Senate restored $5.25 million for the university system nearly two weeks after Governor Charlie Baker cut it from the state budget.
The UMass Lowell chancellor was a front-runner all along, both due to his work at Lowell and his 2010 presidential candidacy. However, some students say that the search process was not transparent enough.
Marty Meehan was also a front-runner in the 2011 search, before backing out for political reasons.
University of Massachusetts Lowell Chancellor Martin “Marty” Meehan will not be the next President of the UMass system, as was discussed first by the Boston Globe last week and later by other media outlets.