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Bromery, Randolph W.

Chancellor, UMass Amherst: 1971-1979

Randolph W. Bromery, 1971
Randolph W. Bromery, 1974

Randolph Bromery guided the campus through most of the difficult 1970s. Prior to his appointment as Chancellor in 1971, Bromery served as a vice chancellor for student affairs and as a faculty member in the geosciences. He enjoyed a successful career as a research scientist before coming to the university, noted for designing instruments for aeromagnetic surveying.

The university became a more diverse institution under Bromery’s leadership. The ratio of undergraduate men to women shifted from 60:40 to 50:50 and the number of faculty of color increased. Bromery was instrumental in the formation of the Committee for the Collegiate Education of Black Students (CCEBS). He also played a key role in securing a home for the archives of W.E.B. Du Bois and Horace Mann Bond, helping make the UMass library a repository for leading African-American thought. In addition, the Five College consortium was initiated during Bromery’s tenure.

Bromery was granted an honorary doctorate upon his resignation in 1979. He has since served as president for several institutions of higher education in New England.


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