Jacquie Moloney – a national leader in innovation in higher education – was appointed chancellor of UMass Lowell on Aug. 3, 2015. She is the third chancellor of UMass Lowell.
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 budget exceeding $450 million, oversees the activities of nearly 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. Since that year, UMass Lowell has been ranked in the top 15 in the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses, and the top higher education institution, in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe Magazine and the 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 is 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 serve more than 31,000 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 heights. Under Moloney’s oversight, UMass Lowell 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 then surpassed it, raising $165 million. In the past decade, 19 new properties have been added to campus, doubling its square footage.
At her direction, hundreds of public-private partnerships have been established with firms ranging in size from startups to corporations like DCU, Kronos and 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. 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.
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.