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ERIC Number: EJ780814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-15
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
No Place Like Home
Pluviose, David
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v24 n20 p30-33 Nov 2007
It seems everyone in Boston knows Dr. J. Keith Motley. The list of schools and civic organizations he helps run or founded himself, like the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School and Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts Inc., is extensive. Hearing a former student talk about how Motley, though responsible for thousands, made him feel like the only one is a clue into why many erupted in outrage in 2005 when University of Massachusetts (UMass) President Jack M. Wilson declined to appoint Motley as chancellor of UMass Boston after he had been serving in an interim role for two years. Through it all, Motley remained dignified, calling for calm, and ended up accepting an offer from Wilson to be vice president for business and public affairs for the entire UMass system. During his two years as UMass system vice president, Motley went from managing a $300 million budget at UMass Boston to a $2.4 billion systemwide budget. Though many of Motley's responsibilities revolved around managing the financial health of the system, he still had the opportunity to interact with students on all five UMass campuses, criss-crossing the state extensively. Then, remarkably, as part of a major UMass system administrative shakeup this year, Wilson asked Motley to come back to UMass Boston as chancellor as of July 1. This article profiles Dr. J. Keith Motley's graceful handling of being passed over for the chancellorship position in the face of community outrage and details how he eventually returned to his UMass Boston "home."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts