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UMass Lowell is No. 4 Among Top Woman-led Businesses

Chancellor Jacquie Moloney accepts honor on behalf of university

Joining Chancellor Jacquie Moloney at The Commonwealth Institute’s award breakfast were John Feudo, Patti McCafferty, Joanne Yestramski, Mike Vayda and Julie Chen.
Joining Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, center, at The Commonwealth Institute’s award breakfast were, from left: Vice Chancellor for Advancement John Feudo, Vice Chancellor of University Relations Patti McCafferty, Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance, Operations and Strategic Planning Joanne Yestramski, Provost Mike Vayda and Vice Chancellor for Research and Administration Julie Chen.


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UMass Lowell is No. 4 among the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts, according to a new ranking announced today. The top college or university on the list, UMass Lowell is positioned ahead of institutions such as Harvard University (No. 7), Bentley University (No. 8) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (No. 49). 

It is the first time the university, which is led by Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, has made the list. The recognition from The Commonwealth Institute (TCI), in partnership with The Boston Globe Magazine, honors the top 100 of the thousands of organizations led by women executives in private and nonprofit organizations.

Among UMass Lowell’s achievements:
  • Ranked among the Top 100 public universities in the nation
  • Named New England's fastest-growing public doctoral university
  • Spurred economic impact approaching $1 billion annually
  • 93,000 alumni, 56,000 living in Massachusetts
  • Grown faculty and staff diversity 75% since 2010
  • Appointed women in more than half of senior leadership roles
 “UMass Lowell is successful because of the culture all of our employees have built and continue to strengthen,” said Moloney, a two-time graduate of UMass Lowell who was named chancellor in 2015. “Our achievements have been made possible by the commitment to excellence by faculty, staff and students on campus, as well as the support of our alumni and friends around the world.”

The Top 100 ranking was announced at a breakfast honoring the winning organizations today. It will be published in the Sunday, Oct. 29 edition of Boston Globe Magazine and is available online at

UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its 18,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers.