Kumble Subbaswamy, Ph.D.



Kumble R. Subbaswamy is the chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Since assuming his position in 2012, Kumble has overseen the opening of many new cutting-edge academic and athletic facilities, made sustainability a campus priority, and focused on strengthening community relationships, supporting area communities, and increasing access to the university’s rich academic and research resources. Additionally, he has enacted a comprehensive campus-wide strategic planning process and has played a key role in UMass Rising, the university’s $300-million fundraising campaign.

Previously, Kumble served as provost at the University of Kentucky since 2006. A physicist, he joined Kentucky’s faculty in 1978 after serving as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Irvine. During his first 18 years at the University of Kentucky, he served as associate dean of arts and sciences and as chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1989. His research area focus is in the optical properties of novel materials and nonlinear excitations. Kumble has published more than 60 articles and co-authored a book on the local density theory of polarizability.

Kumble holds a doctorate in physics from Indiana University, a master’s degree in physics from the University of Delhi, and a bachelor’s degree from Bangalore University.

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