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Baker Names Former Worcester City Manager to UMASS Trustees

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

 

Michael O'Brien

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker named former Worcester city manager Michael O’Brien to the UMass Board of Trustees. O'Brien was also selected to serve on the UMass Building Authority, where he will represent the board. 

“Governor Baker has again demonstrated his commitment to quality and achievement at UMass by appointing civic leaders with track records of excellence whose experience and perspectives will benefit students, the UMass community, and the Commonwealth. Likewise, the reappointment of Rob Manning as chair speaks to his achievements and his profound contributions to the University while the appointment of Victor Woolridge and Michael O’Brien to the Building Authority will benefit the Authority by leveraging their experience, expertise, and strategic management skills,” said UMass President Marty Meehan. 

Michael O’Brien

O’Brien served as Worcester city manager for almost a decade and is now the Executive Vice President at WinnCompanies, a real estate firm in Boston. 

In his current position, he is responsible for overall corporate management, strategic planning, and maintaining financial and client relationships. 

O’Brien attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. 

He presently lives in Southborough, MA.

The Board of Trustees 

UMass is governed by a 22-member Board of Trustees that represents various interests of the public at large on a non-partisan basis. Seventeen members of the board are appointed by the Governor and five members are Mass students elected by the student body on the five campuses. 

"I congratulate the new members of the boards on their appointments and thank them for stepping forward to serve the Commonwealth and the University of Massachusetts. UMass continues to be a global leader in education and these leaders will help the University continue to think creatively and boldly about the future of public education in order to grow our economy, strengthen our communities, and create the opportunity for future generations of students," said Baker. 

Others elected to the UMass Board of Trustees include: 

Mary L. Burns

Mary L. Burns is a managing partner of MLB Realty Trust, LLC; Chesapeake Outdoor, LLC; Splash Media Group Boston, LLC; and Capital Advertising, LLC. She has extensive experience in highway management as well as the procurement of highway advertising. 

Robert J. Manning

Robert J. Manning acts as chairman of MFS Investment Management. Robert’s focus is setting the strategy and vision for MFS. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, before joining MFS in 1984. 

Elizabeth D. Scheibel

Elizabeth D. Scheibel was the first woman district attorney in Massachusetts, having served as Northwestern District Attorney in Hampshire and Franklin counties.

Imari K. Paris Jeffries

Imari Kenya Paris Jeffries is an independent consultant for the United South End Settlement Houses, where he conducts economic analysis and reviews strategic plans. 

Charles Wu

Charles F. Wu teaches real estate at the Harvard Business School.  He is a founding partner of Baynorth Capital, LLC, which manages BayNorth Fund VII, a $475 million fund for 45 foundations, endowments, and pension funds. 

 

Related Slideshow: US News College Rankings 2016

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1.

College of the Holy Cross 

  • #32 (tie) in National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • #37 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings

 

US News Says: 

"College of the Holy Cross is a private institution that was founded in 1843. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,916, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 174 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. College of the Holy Cross's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 32. Its tuition and fees are $48,940 (2016-17)."

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2.

Assumption College 

#23 (tie) in Regional Universities North

US News Says: 

"Assumption College is a private institution that was founded in 1904. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,987, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 185 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Assumption College's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities North, 23. Its tuition and fees are $36,260 (2016-17)."

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

  • #60 (tie) in National Universities
  • #42 in Best Value Schools
  • #18 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • #36 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #83 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
  • #150 (tie) in Business Programs
  • #63 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Engineering Program

 

US News Says: 

"Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a private institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,299, its setting is city, and the campus size is 80 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Worcester Polytechnic Institute's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 60. Its tuition and fees are $46,994 (2016-17)."

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4.

Clark University 

  • #74 (tie) in National Universities
  • #27 in Best Value Schools
  • #117 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
  • #150 (tie) in Business Programs

 

US News Says: 

"Clark University is a private institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,397, its setting is city, and the campus size is 50 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Clark University's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 74. Its tuition and fees are $43,150 (2016-17)."

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5.

Worcester State University 

  • #118 (tie) in Regional Universities North
  • #38 (tie) in Top Public Schools

 

US News Says: 

"Worcester State University is a public institution that was founded in 1874. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,514, its setting is city, and the campus size is 58 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Worcester State University's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities North, 118. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,857 (2015-16); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,937 (2015-16)."

 
 

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