BOSTON (AP) — A dean at UCLA has been named the lone finalist to become the next leader of the University of Massachusetts Boston.

The 21-member search committee on Tuesday named Marcelo Suárez-Orozco the only finalist for chancellor of the campus, where most of the 16,000 students are commuters.

“Marcelo Suárez-Orozco is the transformative leader that UMass-Boston needs and deserves. He is a brilliant, world-renowned scholar, whose groundbreaking work on immigration is directly relevant to our urban mission," search committee vice chair and psychology professor Jean Rhodes said in a statement.

Suárez-Orozco is scheduled to be on campus Friday for meetings with students, faculty and other stakeholders.

“An ethic of social justice, a commitment to nurture the life-enhancing powers of education, and an unwavering devotion to excellence and equity shall guide my work if given to honor to serve as the next chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston,” Suárez-Orozco said in a statement.

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 held positions at Harvard University and New York University.

His appointment is subject to the approval of the five-campus UMass system's president and the system's trustees.

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