Javier Reyes, PhD | Chancellor University of Massachusetts Amherst The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Board of Trustees has selected Javier Reyes, PhD as the next Chancellor of University of Massachusetts Amherst. “Dr. Reyes understands that UMass Amherst is the Commonwealth’s indispensable education and research engine,” said Stephen R. Karam, chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees. “From the very beginning, we were determined to find a special leader who could build on all that has been accomplished over the past decade and help drive our flagship campus even higher. We have found that exact person in Dr. Javier Reyes.” Reyes is an economist who has devoted his career to the cause of public higher education. He currently serves as interim chancellor of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), Chicago’s largest university campus, with more than 33,000 students and $440 million in research awards. In this role, Reyes’ responsibilities include overseeing a $3.6 billion budget, 13,000 faculty and staff, and 16 academic colleges, including one of the nation’s largest medical schools and Chicago’s first and only public law school. Read the full announcement here. John Isaacson and Anita Tien led this search with Micah Pierce, Mindy Cimini, and Christina Errico.