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Former Rep. Meehan Closes Political Door to Open Door to Education

University of Massachusetts president starts foundation for his alma mater

Former Rep. Martin T. Meehan has been University of Massachusetts' President for a year. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Former Rep. Martin T. Meehan has been University of Massachusetts' President for a year. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Massachusetts Rep. Martin T. Meehan is officially closing his congressional campaign committee , and political future, to give to his university.  

Meehan, the president of the University of Massachusetts, is transferring funds to an educational foundation and making a $1 million scholarship donation to his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  

His federal campaign committee account has roughly $4.3 million, according to a UMass press release, and it will be transferred to an educational foundation he established in 2001.  

“This is the right time to take this step because my priorities and passions so clearly are here at the University of Massachusetts and with its mission of excellence and transformation,” Meehan said in the release.  

He has been the president of the University of Massachusetts’ five-campus system since July 2015.  

He established the account in 1992 when he first ran for Congress.  

The Democrat served in the House from 1993 to 2007 and from 2007 to 2015 he was chancellor of UMass Lowell.  

The foundation is named after his parents, Martin and Alice Meehan.


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