William Hogan, UMass Lowell’s first chancellor, dies at 84

Mr. Hogan was president of the school before it joined the UMass system.

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Mr. Hogan was president of the school before it joined the UMass system.

LOWELL — William Hogan, a former University of Massachusetts Lowell chancellor who led the school for 25 years, has died. He was 84.

The university announced Mr. Hogan’s death Monday.


Martin T. Meehan, president of the UMass system, said Mr. Hogan had a remarkable career and credited him for reinventing the campus and its academic reputation.

Mr. Hogan joined the university as an engineering professor in 1963 and quickly ascended the ranks.

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He was president of the school before it joined the UMass system, and served as its first chancellor from 1991 to 2006.

During his tenure, Mr. Hogan oversaw the university’s creation of the School of Health and Environment as well as the Department of Regional, Economic and Social Development, and the construction of a $20 million recreation center.

Mr. Hogan was known as the ‘‘father of UMass Lowell.’’


Mr. Hogan is credited with building close ties with the city and establishing the university as a strong research institution.

Meehan said Mr. Hogan ‘‘helped define the role of a modern public research university.’’

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