Our good friend Mayor Menino
March 29, 2013
J. Keith Motley, PhD, UMass Boston Chancellor
It was with a mix of emotions that I learned Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino will be leaving office at the end of his term this year. The overwhelming sentiment I feel–and I believe many in the university community share–is gratitude for our mayor’s tireless advocacy for education in Boston, and for public higher education in particular. For 20 years, Mayor Menino has been our partner in initiatives that benefit both our city and our university and a leader of great vision and purpose.
When he joined us last fall to recognize and celebrate the first student recipients of the Boston City Scholarship program, Mayor Menino stressed the importance of higher education to the group of freshmen. At one point he said, “I wouldn’t be mayor of Boston if it weren’t for UMass Boston.”
Since graduating from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1988–and even while a city councilor and student here–Tom Menino has been an impassioned advocate for our university. Most recently, he has provided critical support to our master planning efforts and construction activities. Personally, he has been my good friend, and I have been proud to partner with him on important projects such as Success Boston.
I am sorry that we are losing such a good friend at City Hall, but I am glad we have enjoyed the benefits of Mayor Menino’s many years of leadership and support. And I hope the university community is as proud as I am to call him a University of Massachusetts Boston alumnus.