Jacquie Moloney, the chancellor of UMass Lowell, is a national leader in innovation in higher education. Appointed by a unanimous vote of the UMass Board of Trustees in 2015, she is the first woman to lead the university since its founding in 1894. As chief administrator, she manages a $500 million budget, oversees the activities of more than 2,000 employees and welcomes more than 18,000 students to campus each year. In 2017 Moloney was recognized as one of seven prominent “Women Who Mean Business” by the Boston Business Journal and UMass Lowell was ranked number four in the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe Magazine and Commonwealth Institute.
In her more than 30 years with UMass Lowell, Moloney has served in a number of roles including professor, researcher, dean and executive vice chancellor. She was a pioneer in web-based learning and she revolutionized the division of Continuing Education to include award-winning online programs that now serve 25,000 students nationwide each year. Moloney was also an early proponent of integrating entrepreneurial lessons and opportunities throughout campus life. She created UMass Lowell’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and established DifferenceMaker, a national model for entrepreneurial programming that engages more than 7,000 students a year in problem-solving activities and competitions.
As chancellor, Moloney’s leadership in the implementation of the university’s strategic plan has resulted in a remarkable institutional transformation. In less than a decade, UMass Lowell has achieved record gains in student enrollment, academic preparedness, diversity and graduation and retention rates. In addition, faculty hiring, research expenditures, fundraising and economic development activities have all reached new, historic heights. Under Moloney’s oversight, UMass Lowell launched its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign with the objective of raising $125 million by 2020. With nearly $115 million already pledged, the campaign is well ahead of its goal. In the past decade, 14 new buildings have been added to campus, doubling its square footage. A satellite campus in Haverhill has been opened as a business incubator and a site for an executive education program. Hundreds of public-private partnerships have been established with firms ranging in size from startups to Raytheon. In the midst of this unprecedented growth, Moloney has successfully prioritized sustainable practices and climate change education, all while supporting leadership opportunities for women and closing the gender gap in STEM faculty. As a result, UMass Lowell has climbed through the rankings and has been one of the fastest-rising schools on U.S. News & World Report’s national universities list.
Moloney is a “double River Hawk,” as she 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, she was the first person in her family to attend college.
Moloney also is active in the Lowell community. She has served on many boards and has been recognized with numerous awards including Woman of the Year from Girls Inc. Her husband Edward is a local attorney and they have two adult daughters and four grandchildren.