BOSTON (AP) — Former Muhlenberg College President Peyton Randolph Helm has been named interim chancellor at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

UMass President Marty Meehan said in a statement Monday that Helm has proven leadership abilities and a record of success. Meehan says Helm has the "wisdom, judgment and experience" to guide UMass during a transitional period.

Helm takes over for Divina Grossman, who stepped down last month after three and a half years on the job amid reports that Meehan was going to dismiss her.

Helm retired last year after leading Muhlenberg College for 12 years. He has also served as vice president for college relations and professor of classical studies at Colby College, and held leadership positions in student affairs and development at the University of Pennsylvania.

He will start in March.