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UMass Presidential Search Committee Schedules First Meeting

A committee appointed to find a new president for the University of Massachusetts is scheduled to meet for the first time Friday.

The 21-member committee, at a meeting in Boston, is expected to vote to hire a search firm to recruit and recommend candidates for the top job in the five campus UMass system.  UMass spokesman Robert Connolly said the search committee is operating with a sense of urgency.

" The timeframe is going to be an ambitious one. The hope is to have a new president selected by July 1st.," said Connolly.

Robert Caret is stepping down as UMass President on July 1st. to become head of the University of Maryland system. 

 The search committee is chaired by Robert Manning, a former Chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees. It includes faculty members and current students and some business leaders who not formally affiliated with UMass.

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