Boston Globe Praises Chancellor Motley For Work on Diversity Issues

December 10, 2012

Office of Communications


University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley has been chosen by The Boston Globe as one of a dozen Bay State residents who is using ingenuity and passion to promote diversity in the commonwealth.

Motley joined 11 local leaders in health care, politics, religion, technology, and academia on the Diversity Boston list, which was published in the December 9 edition of the Boston Sunday Globe. The honorees were recognized for their work “breaking down barriers in Boston,” the report said.

With 41 percent minority enrollment and students from more than 80 countries, UMass Boston has one of the most diverse public campuses in the country, the Globe notes. And Motley’s work on diversity issues is highly regarded by his peers from other universities.

“Keith has the ability to compel people and groups to think about the world differently than how they’re accustomed to doing,” says David G. Carter, the former chancellor of the University of Connecticut system.

“I can tell you that universities and university presidents watch him closely because he has so expertly moved the conversation forward – especially in recent years – on how we define and seek to increase diversity.”

The full report is available is