UMass Lowell’s Jacquie Moloney to Step Down as Chancellor in 2022
UMass Lowell (UML) Chancellor Jacquie Moloney today announced she will step down as chancellor at the end of the upcoming academic year in June 2022.
“I am grateful to have had the honor and privilege of serving as chancellor for the past six years and for eight years previously as executive vice chancellor. I will always treasure our time together and the many accomplishments we achieved during my 37-year tenure at UML. I look forward to continuing to work with all of you to advance our university as one of the top public institutions in the country,” Moloney wrote in a letter to the campus community.
Moloney, who in August 2015 was unanimously appointed as the first woman to lead UML, has overseen a campus-wide transformation launched in 2007 when she was named executive vice chancellor by then-chancellor Marty Meehan.
Under Moloney’s oversight, UML launched its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign with the objective of raising $125 million by 2020. The campaign met its goal two years ahead of schedule and surpassed it, raising $165 million. In the past decade, 19 new buildings have been added or substantially renovated on campus, increasing the campus’ square footage by nearly 60%. The investments brought new life to the university with the addition of River Hawk Village and Aiken Field on East Campus and the renewal of the iconic Coburn Hall on South Campus.
Long a proponent of integrating entrepreneurial lessons and opportunities throughout campus life, Moloney created UML’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and established DifferenceMaker, a national model for entrepreneurial programming that engages more than 3,000 students a year in problem-solving activities and competitions.
Active in engaging industry to advance initiatives ranging from public-private research partnerships to co-op and internship opportunities for students, Moloney was in 2017 recognized as one of seven prominent “Women Who Mean Business” by the Boston Business Journal. Since that year, UMass Lowell has been ranked in the top 15 among the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe Magazine and the Commonwealth Institute. Moloney also received the Ray Stata Award from the Massachusetts High Technology Council in 2019.
During nearly 40 years with UMass Lowell, Moloney has served in numerous roles, including as professor, researcher, dean and executive vice chancellor. She was a pioneer in web-based learning and she revolutionized what is now the Division of Graduate, Online and Professional Studies to include award-winning online programs that today number more than 31,000 course enrollments from students across the nation each year.
Moloney earned two degrees from UMass Lowell, a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a doctorate in education. She also holds a master’s degree in social psychology from Goddard College. One of nine children, Moloney — like 40% of new undergraduate students at UMass Lowell — was the first person in her family to attend college. Under her leadership, UMass Lowell established the River Hawk Scholars Academy, which has become a national model for its support of first-generation college students.
The UMass President’s Office plans to launch a national search for Chancellor Moloney’s successor in the fall.
Chancellor Moloney was featured on our May/June 2016 cover. Read the full interview here. >>>>