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Requesting the Chancellor

Photo of Chancellor J. Keith MotleyJ. Keith Motley, PhD

J. Keith Motley is the eighth chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston, a research university with 11 colleges and graduate schools and 17,000 students.   Chancellor Motley oversees an ambitious strategic planning initiative to enhance the university’s academic offerings and research enterprise, grow enrollment to meet the increasing demand for a well-educated workforce, and similarly build the university as a resource of knowledge and public service. Dr. Motley holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northeastern University and a doctor of philosophy from Boston College. He also holds an honorary degree awarded by Northeastern 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. For a full biography, please visit the chancellor's page.


Chancellor Request

If you have an upcoming event at which you would like the chancellor to have a role (welcoming remarks, keynote speech, etc) please fill out and submit the electronic Chancellor Request Form as soon as possible and at least 3 weeks prior to your event. Once his schedule is reviewed a member of his staff will contact you to confirm or deny the request. If you have any questions you may contact the office at 617.287.6800.


When the chancellor is present at your event, please be aware of the following protocol:

  • Seating: When planning the seating arrangement for your event, the chancellor should be seated at the head table with other dignitaries. If you are not planning assigned seating for your event, you should still have a reserved seat for the chancellor. If lecture style seating, please have a chair reserved in the front row near the stage. If banquet style seating, the chancellor should be seated at "Table 1" with the other dignitaries and speakers. The chancellor should be facing the stage/podium.  You may use this seat sign and/or reserved table sign.
  • VIPs: If your event will have other dignitaries present, either as part of your program or as guests, please let your scheduling manager as well as the Office of University Events know. Even if you do not plan to have the chancellor present at your event, it is important for the chancellor to know if people of note will be coming to campus, so he can properly welcome them. Essentially they are guests in his home, and he wants to make them feel welcome.
  • Speaking: As indicated on the chancellor’s request form, if the chancellor is speaking at your event, a copy of the timeline, attendees, speaking order, and chancellor’s suggested remarks (in bullet point format), must be submitted to the Chancellor’s Office at least two weeks in advance of the event, with the understanding that adjustments may be required.  A member of the chancellor's staff will contact you to review your proposed speaking program. For many events it is protocol for the chancellor to speak first and give a welcome on behalf of the university.
  • Stage Setup: It is university protocol to have flags on the stage. The U.S. flag is placed stage right and the MA state flag is placed stage left (when on stage the U.S. should be on the speakers right and MA on the speakers left). Please have a high-stool or chair available on stage or near the podium for the chancellor to sit and other program participants to sit, if he/they are to remain on stage.
  • Audio/Visual: Chancellor Motley is a very engaging speaker, and often times a lapel microphone is preferred over a standing podium microphone. Please have one available, and either confirm with the office ahead of time that he would like one, or when the chancellor arrives please ask his staff if he would like to use it. The Campus Center is equipped with lapel microphones and can fulfill this request if needed. If holding your event elsewhere on campus please contact the Video Production Services group to arrange for the lapel microphone. Hand-held wireless microphones may also be used.
  • Accommodations: It is courteous to have bottled water available for all of your speakers, including the chancellor. Please have a bottle of water either at each of your speaker's seats, or have water available at the podium. If your event is catered, the chancellor or his staff member may ask for a hot tea with honey.
  • Menu: For your information, Chancellor Motley is allergic to nuts and does not eat pork or red meat. It is generally courteous to have vegetarian options available.
  • Photography: For the services of our staff photographer, Harry Brett, please fill out and email the Photo Request Form to Kristyna Cloherty or use the online photography request form.
  • Videography: If your event is high-profile, or if you plan to broadcast it post-event you may want to have your event videotaped. The Distance Learning and Video Production Center can provide this service. Please note that there is a fee for this. For more information, please contact John Jessoe.
  • Media: If you anticipate media to be present at your event, or would like assistance creating a news release, please contact DeWayne Lehman, the Director of Communications for the university.