Special Honorees


ABCD Lifetime Achievement Award

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Keith Motley is an education executive, community leader, and champion of diversity and inclusion. Dr. Motley recently served as the eighth chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston, a research university with 11 graduate schools and colleges and 17,000 students. He is currently on sabbatical.

In addition to representing UMass Boston locally, nationally, and internationally, Chancellor Motley oversaw highly ambitious master plan and strategic planning initiatives that reflect the university’s determination to remain true to its origins as a teaching institution while enhancing its standing in research, preparing its students to succeed in a transnational world, and graduating significantly greater numbers to meet increasing demand for a well-educated workforce.

Prior to his appointment as chancellor, Dr. Motley served in various roles both on the campus and in the UMass System’s office, following more than 20 years as an administrator for Northeastern University.

He is the founder and education chair of Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Inc., and the Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development, an academic and social enrichment program for school-aged children of color. He also serves on numerous boards including Carney Hospital, The Boston Foundation, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) on which he chaired the Commission on Access, Diversity, and Excellence.

Dr. Motley holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northeastern University and a doctor of philosophy degree from Boston College. He also holds honorary degrees awarded by Northeastern University, Stonehill College, and Robert Morris University. He is married to Angela Motley and is the proud father of Keith Allyn, Kayla Iman, and Jordan Kiara.