J.KEITH MOTLEY, PHD
Education Executive, Community Leader, Diversity and Inclusion Champion
J. Keith 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, graduating significantly greater numbers to meet increasing demand for a well-educated workforce, and similarly growing as a source of knowledge and public service.
Prior to his appointment as chancellor, Dr. Motley also 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.
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 a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Upward Bound Program. He is married to Angela Motley and is the proud father of Keith Allyn, Kayla Iman, and Jordan Kiara.