Office of the Chancellor
The Chancellor of Dean College is responsible for leading Dean College in successfully implementing its Mission.
Meet the Chancellor
Edward M. Augustus, Jr. is the first Chancellor in Dean College history.
As Chancellor, Mr. Augustus reports directly to the Board of Trustees and works closely with Dean College President, Kenneth Elmore.
Chancellor Augustus has worked in public service for more than 30 years. He was appointed as the City Manager of Worcester, Massachusetts in January 2014. As City Manager, he focused on continuing Worcester’s economic development renaissance, supporting education and youth, and making city government inclusive for all residents of New England’s second-largest city.
Over eight years as City Manager, he led a downtown resurgence effort through the development and implementation of the Urban Revitalization Plan. He has also overseen more than $90 million in renovations and improvements to the City’s 61 public parks. Under his leadership, the City of Worcester has received the highest bond rating in its history and measured the most residents – 206,000 – in the history of the municipality.
He successfully led an unprecedented effort to sign a Letter of Intent with the Pawtucket Red Sox in August 2018 to build a modern, multi-use ballpark as part of a multi-million-dollar redevelopment of the former Wyman Gordon property in the City’s growing Canal District as well as a complete redesign of Kelley Square.
Prior to his appointment as City Manager, Chancellor Augustus, a native of Worcester, served as Director of Government and Community Relations at the College of the Holy Cross.
His career began at the age of 23 when he was appointed to the City of Worcester’s Human Rights Commission. In addition to this, Chancellor Augustus was also elected to the Worcester School Committee where he served two terms.
Building on his commitment to education, Chancellor Augustus moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked in President Bill Clinton’s United States Department of Education from 1992 to 1998. While in Washington, one of Chancellor Augustus’s major initiatives was working to close the educational achievement gaps in Latino communities.
Chancellor Augustus also served as U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern’s Chief of Staff in Washington from 1998 to 2004. In this role, Chancellor Augustus was involved in a host of important Worcester projects and initiatives, including the first discussions about building Worcester’s Hanover Theater, the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center, Gateway Park, CitySquare and many more.
He served two terms in the Massachusetts State Senate, representing Worcester’s 2nd District, and helping to pass the landmark Massachusetts Act Providing Access to Affordable, Quality, Accountable Health Care, and was a leader in the successful effort to ensure the protection of marriage equality.
Chancellor Augustus is a graduate of Saint John’s High School, Suffolk University and holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Chancellor in the NewsRead the stories below featuring Chancellor Augustus and his work in the community.
Chancellor Augustus Welcomes Dean College Alumni at Event in Florida Chancellor Augustus welcomed alumni for a day of networking in Fort Myers, Florida. Read more about the event.
Chancellor Edward Augustus Joins the Alumni Community for a Reception in New York City Chancellor Edward Augustus and President Kenneth Elmore traveled to New York City on January 26, 2023 for a town hall conversation and reception with area alumni, families, trustees and friends. Read more about their visit.
Chancellor Augustus Receives Fairman C. Cowan Municipal Leadership Award Chancellor Edward M. Augustus, Jr. received the Fairman C. Cowan Municipal Leadership Award from the Worcester Regional Research Bureau.
Mass Humanities Welcomes New Board Members Mass Humanities inducted Chancellor Augustus as one of the foundation's newest board members in November 2022.
Worcester Red Sox Honor Former City Manager The Worcester Red Sox honor Chancellor Augustus for his work toward bringing Triple-A baseball to Worcester during his tenure as city manager.