Henry Thomas has resigned as UMass board chair

Victor Woolridge will replace him as chair, Thomas will remain on board

Henry Thomas, III is seen here in this WWLP file image from 2013.

BOSTON (State House News Service) – Gov. Charlie Baker named a new chairman of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees on Monday, after Henry Thomas, III submitted his resignation as chair. The Baker administration announced that Victor Woolridge, appointed to the board by former Gov. Deval Patrick in 2009, will take over as chair. Thomas will continue to serve on the board.

Woolridge, a UMass Amherst graduate, is the vice president of Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, and previously worked as managing director for Babson Capital Management for a decade.

“Victor brings strong business and financial experience to this important job, along with a deep-seated commitment to the success of UMass and a personal understanding of its potential to transform lives,” Baker said in a statement. “He brings a clear strategic vision for leveraging the entire UMass system to fulfill its promise for academic excellence, affordability and economic impact.”

Woolridge’s current term on the board of trustees expires in 2019.

The Baker administration said one of Woolridge’s first tasks will be to form a search committee to begin the process of finding a new UMass president as President Robert Caret prepares to depart in June to become the next chancellor of the University of Maryland system.

Thomas is President and CEO of the Urban League of Springfield, Inc.

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