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Chancellor's Biography

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.
Jacqueline Moloney

Jacquie Moloney is the first woman to serve as chancellor of UMass Lowell in the institution’s 123-year history. Her October 2015 inauguration raised $1.5 million for student scholarships.

Moloney has provided more than 30 years of service to the university, most recently as executive vice chancellor before being named chancellor in August 2015. Her predecessor, Marty Meehan, selected her as the first member of his executive team after he was named chancellor in 2007, beginning a period of unprecedented growth and transformation at the university that continues today under Moloney’s leadership.

UMass Lowell has realized astonishing gains as a result of the strategic-planning process led by Moloney that engaged more than 200 faculty, staff and students in creating “UMass Lowell 2020: A Strategic Plan for the Next Decade.” The bold strategy to enhance nearly every aspect of the campus, from business practices and the physical plant to student life and alumni relations, has been a resounding success. Guided by the plan, the university has achieved record gains in student enrollment, retention, selectivity and diversity. Faculty hiring, research expenditures, fundraising and economic development activities have all grown to unprecedented levels. 

The addition of 14 new properties has transformed the campus. As a result of the university’s advancement in nearly every important measure of higher education, UMass Lowell is among the fastest-rising schools on U.S. News & World Report’s national universities list over the last seven years, as well as the fifth-fastest growing public doctoral institution in the country, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. 

Moloney is active in the Lowell community, where she has served on many boards and been recognized with numerous awards including Woman of the Year.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and doctorate in education from UMass Lowell and a master’s degree in social psychology from Goddard College. 

See Moloney's Curriculum Vitae (pdf)