Grossman Could Be Out At UMass Dartmouth
Divina Grossman's days as Chancellor at UMass Dartmouth may be numbered.
The Boston Globe is reporting that University of Massachusetts president Martin T. Meehan is moving to dismiss Grossman by the end of the academic year.
Grossman's current three-year contract, which was signed in May following negotiations with former UMass president Robert L. Caret, includes a clause that says the university can pay Grossman just one year of severance if she is terminated without cause during the first year of the new contract.
Officials tell the Globe that about a month ago Meehan told Grossman he was going to invoke the clause and they were discussing how her departure would be announced.
Grossman became Chancellor in 2012 succeeding Jean F. MacCormack, who served in the position for 13 years before later becoming president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at UMass Boston.
Upon arrival she inherited a a $15 million budget gap, those financial woes were compounded by contributions Grossman’s campus had to make to UMass Law School.
It was also discovered, less than a year into her tenure, that Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was attending the school.
Grossman pledged to increase fundraising, enrollment, research, and online programs.
However, the Globe also reports that fundraising went down from $14.3 million the year before Grossman arrived to $4.5 million this year and enrollment went from 9,225 to 8,916, according to reports from UMass.
SAT scores and graduation rates have also declined and Federal research expenditures at the campus dropped from $13.7 million to $8.9 million.
However, during her tenure the campus saw total research and development expenditures increase from $25.6 million to $27.3 million and saw online enrollment grow from from 2,750 to 4,127.
Although Grossman, through a spokesman, declined comment she isn't without her defenders.
Phillip Johnston, a UMass trustee and chairman of the UMass Building Authority told the Globe he was very pleased with Grossman's leadership.
“I love Divina,” said Johnston "my experience with her has been very positive; I think she’s a dynamic leader.”
Grossman, who is from the Phillipines, originally came to the U.S. to earn a graduate degree in nursing.
She served as founding vice president for engagement at Florida International University in Miami, before coming to UMass Dartmouth in July 2012.