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Dr. J. Keith Motley

Chancellor Emeritus, UMass Boston

Professor, College of Management, UMass Boston

Consultant President/CEO, The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts

Dr. J. Keith Motley served as Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2017. Currently, Dr. Motley serves as Distinguished Professor in UMass Boston’s College of Management.

As the first African American Chancellor of UMass Boston, considered the most diverse public research university in New England, Dr. Motley highlighted academic excellence, access and inclusion among key mission related goals.

Dr. Motley serves on numerous boards of organizations with local, regional, and national reach including Board Chair of Carney Hospital, The Boston Foundation, The Sports Museum, Stonehill College, Eastern Bank and the Freedom House. Currently Dr. Motley serves as Consultant to the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. Five years in a row Dr. Motley was named to the Boston Business Journal’s “Power 50” list of Boston-area influencers. In 2016, he was named to the “Get Konnected! 100” list of Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of color.

Dr. Motley holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northeastern University and a Doctor of Philosophy from Boston College. He also holds Honorary Doctorates awarded by Northeastern University, Stonehill College, Robert Morris University, Pine Manor College along with the President’s award for Distinguished Civic Leadership from Emerson College.