The University of Massachusetts tapped Kumble Subbaswamy, provost at the University of Kentucky, Monday evening as chancellor of the state’s flagship campus in Amherst.
A physicist by training, Subbaswamy is known for an easy sense of humor, an ability to build coalitions, and prowess at fund-raising.
“I look forward to the challenges ahead, knowing full well that the campus is strongly committed to fulfilling its promise and mission as the Commonwealth’s public university flagship,’’ Subbaswamy, 60, said in a statement. “Given the warm reception I received during my recent campus visit, I am eager to move forward on this new journey. In many ways, UMass Amherst already feels like home.’’
Subbaswamy - known as Swamy to colleagues and friends - came to the Amherst campus this month to make his case and is expected to visit again next week.