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Feb. 17, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 11

UMass-Boston Chancellor Is MLK Speaker

J. Keith Motley, interim chancellor at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and architect of the recent revitalization of that school's student affairs department, will be the speaker at Boston College's 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Banquet on Feb. 23.

Several hundred members of the University community are expected to attend the dinner that is highlighted by the presentation of the King Scholarship to a member of the class of 2006 who has demonstrated academic achievement, community leadership and outreach service in the spirit of the slain civil rights leader.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in Welch Dining Room of Lyons Hall.

Motley, who holds a doctorate in education from Boston College, has served as UMass-Boston's top executive since last August. He is the first African-American educator to hold the position at the school, which has one of the most racially and culturally diverse student populations in New England.

Prior to being appointed interim chancellor, Motley had been UMass-Boston's vice chancellor for student affairs. While in that position, he played a key role in the opening of the school's Campus Center and co-chaired the center's opening and dedication gala, an event that raised $524,000 for student scholarships.

Before joining the UMass-Boston administration in 2003, Motley held a variety of student service positions at Northeastern University, including dean of student services, associate dean and director of the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute, and assistant dean and director of the Office of Minority Student Affairs.

Motley earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Northeastern University in addition to his Boston College doctorate.

-Reid Oslin

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