UMass Boston to Honor Deval Patrick at Golden Gala

Office of Communications | June 01, 2015
UMass Boston to Honor Deval Patrick at Golden Gala

We are honored to be recognizing an exemplary leader in Deval Patrick.

The University of Massachusetts Boston will honor former Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick at its Golden Gala on June 4.

Proceeds from the gala will be used to endow the Deval L. Patrick Chair in Social, Political, and Economic Innovation, which will address critical social and economic inequities that impact the quality of life in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the nation, and the world. 

“We are honored to be recognizing an exemplary leader in Deval Patrick,” said Chancellor J. Keith Motley. “In his two terms as governor, he has been a champion of innovation and higher education in our city and our commonwealth. He is committed to using innovation to create positive social change, and we look forward to continuing to work with him to strengthen our research and leadership in this area.”

Gala co-chairs are Sean Curran and Carol Fulp. Liz Walker will emcee.

The Deval L. Patrick Chair is expected to be held by a leading scholar who will engage in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and advance knowledge of how government, business, and nonprofit organizations can foster innovation to impact areas such as public health, social development, STEM education and learning research, and sustainability.

There will also be a particular focus on reducing disparities and increasing equity where the need exists.

As Massachusetts governor, Patrick was a frequent visitor to UMass Boston, touring the Venture Development Center and meeting with startups, holding roundtable discussions with students, unveiling a High-Demand Scholarship Program, and, most recently, celebrating the opening of the new Integrated Sciences Complex, which was funded by the Patrick administration’s 2008 Higher Education Bond Bill.

UMass Boston honored Patrick with an honorary doctor of laws degree at its May 29 commencement at the TD Garden.

The UMass Boston’s Golden Gala, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the university’s founding, will be held on Thursday, June 4 at the Seaport World Trade Center. For more information, visit

About UMass Boston
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city's history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 11 colleges and graduate schools serve nearly 17,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit

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