BOSTON (AP) — The University of Massachusetts board of trustees on Monday unanimously selected Marcelo Suárez-Orozco to serve as the new chancellor for the system's Boston campus.

Suárez-Orozco was the only finalist for the position who had been named.

UMass President Marty Meehan had recommended Suárez-Orozco for the post, noting that he was sent to the U.S. by parents seeking to save him from Argentina’s civil strife in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

“UMass Boston is a special place that needs and deserves a special leader,” Meehan said.

Suárez-Orozco is the Wasserman Dean at the University of California Los Angeles, where he leads a graduate school, 16 research institutes, and two academic programs.

He has also previously held positions at Harvard University and New York University. His academic research has focused on immigration, education, and globalization.

Suárez-Orozco said the opportunity to serve in the post “is an extraordinary honor for me, an immigrant from Latin America."

The UMass Boston Faculty Council unanimously endorsed Suárez-Orozco last Tuesday.

UMass-Boston has about 16,000 students, most of whom are commuters.

The school has struggled financially recently and had to cut programs and offer voluntary buyouts. It has been without a permanent chancellor since 2017. A previous attempt to find a new chancellor ended in 2018 when all three finalists dropped out.

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