Former university chancellor picked to head graduate institution

Jan 24, 2018

Former University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Chancellor Dr. Divina Grossman will serve as President of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, the university announced recently.

Grossman had previously served as chancellor of the UMass Dartmouth. She began her tenure at the university in 2012 to replace outgoing chancellor Jean MacCormack, who announced her plans to retire in September 2011.

“I am both honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve as president of this great institution,” Dr. Grossman. “I look forward to working with the entire USAHS community at this pivotal moment in the University’s history to shape the future of health care education in the nation and around the globe.”

During her time at UMass Dartmouth, she worked on several projects, including UMassDTransform2020, a strategic plan pitched to bolster the university’s status as a research university.

The university also launched several major capital projects during her tenure, including an expansion of the Charlton College of Business and New Bedford's School for Marine Science and Technology.

Grossman announced her plans to step down from the post on December 5, 2015, one week after a Boston Globe article reported, citing unnamed sources, that UMass system President Martin Meehan planned to remove Grossman from her post.

She officially stepped down from her post on December 24. She is currently a nursing professor at the university.

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences officials praised Grossman’s dedication to community service and engagement initiatives in the health field, specifically programs she worked on that addressed the health needs of minority and disadvantaged populations.

Grossman will begin her new position on March 1.

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is a private, for-profit graduate institution. The university has campuses in Florida, California, and Texas.