Robert C. Holub


Robert Charles Holub
10th Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst
In office
July 2008 – August 2012
Preceded byJohn V. Lombardi
Succeeded byKumble R. Subbaswamy
Personal details
Born (1949-08-22) August 22, 1949 (age 72)
Neptune, New Jersey
Spouse(s)Sabine Holub
EducationB.S., University of Pennsylvania, 1971
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1973 and 1976
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1979
OccupationUniversity Professor
University Provost
University Chancellor

Robert C. Holub (born August 22, 1949) served as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst,[1] beginning his tenure as chancellor in August 2008.[2] Holub stepped down from the chancellorship in July 2012, following his fourth year in office.[3]

Early life and education

Holub was born in Neptune, New Jersey, growing up in the state and becoming the first member of his family to attend college. Holub received his bachelor's degree in natural science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971, going on to earn master's degrees in Comparative Literature (in 1973) and German (in 1976) and a Ph.D in German (1979) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[1][2]

Academic appointments

Serving as a Professor of German at the University of California-Berkeley (full professor from 1989 on), he became a leading scholar of 19th and 20th century German intellectual, cultural, and literary history. At Berkeley, he also served as the Undergraduate Dean, College of Letters and Science from 2003-2006, before taking the position of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Tennessee, which he held from 2006 to 2008 before taking the chancellor position at UMass.[1][2]



  1. ^ a b c " Seizing the Moment: Dr. Robert C. Holub becomes the 28th chancellor of the flagship campus" , UMass Amherst Magazine, Summer 2008. Accessed May 8, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Chancellor Biography: Chancellor Robert C. Holub. UMass Amherst: Office of the Chancellor, Last Updated: 2009. Accessed: May 8, 2011.
  3. ^ Ellement, John (2010-06-30). "UMass Amherst chancellor Holub to leave office in one year". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
Academic offices
Preceded by Chancellor of University of Massachusetts Amherst
July 2008 - August 2012
Succeeded by