Jacqueline F. Moloney, EdD

Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Lowell

The INSIGHT Into Diversity Giving Back Award honors college presidents and chancellors who go above and beyond their everyday duties to give back to their institutions and communities. Chancellor Moloney was nominated by colleagues and selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity as a 2016 Giving Back Award recipient for her dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion and encouraging community service both on her campus and in the surrounding community. 

Civic Involvement
Former board member of Girls Inc. of greater Lowell, which provides educational and enrichment opportunities for young girls, especially those from minorities or low-income families

Meeting the Community’s Needs
Moloney has greatly supported the university’s Community Connections Network, an online platform where local nonprofit organizations can connect with faculty and staff to collaborate on service learning and volunteerism. Also, one of her signature efforts, the DifferenceMaker Program, is aimed at combining hands-on learning and practical experience with community service.

Fundraising for Students
Understanding that accessibility and affordability go hand in hand to make higher education possible, Moloney raised more than $1.5 million for endowed scholarships for students.

Institutionalizing Diversity and Inclusion
Moloney made “Global Engagement and Inclusive Culture” one of the university’s five Pillars of Excellence in its 2020 strategic plan. To date, her efforts around diversity and inclusion have resulted in a 10 percent increase in underrepresented minority undergraduates — from 21 to 31 percent — between 2007 and 2015 and a 19 percent and 11 percent increase in the number of minority faculty and staff members, respectively, since 2007.

Established Initiative
The Diverse Faculty and Staff Network allows faculty and staff of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to connect and create meaningful relationships across departments and academic disciplines.

Nomination Excerpt
“Moloney’s career at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Lowell spans 30 years and all levels. Her varying roles have provided her with a comprehensive view of the campus. But making a first-rate education accessible to all deserving students has always been her primary goal. As the chancellor, Moloney strives to ensure that the campus reflects the diversity and varied interests of the community in which it is located. She is one of nine children and the first in her family to graduate from college. She fully appreciates the value of an education and the importance of making it affordable and accessible. As the first woman elected chancellor in UMass Lowell’s 121-year history, she has championed opportunity and inclusiveness for all.”