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Keith and Angela Motley honored at UMass Boston

UMass Boston Chancellor Emeritus Dr. J. Keith Motley and former first lady Angela Motley at the dedication of their new residence hall. Hundreds gathered to celebrate their commitment to providing on-campus student housing. PHOTO: DON WEST
The new Dr. J. Keith and Angela Motley Residence Hall. PHOTO: DON WEST
(left to right) Keith and Angela Motley, Dr. Marcellette Williams, Sr. Vice President for academic affairs UMASS system and Dr. Winston Langley, Provost Emeritus UMass Boston during the ceremony. PHOTO: DON WEST
Dr. Motley with Carole Copeland Thomas. PHOTO: DON WEST
José Massó, Divina Massó and former Boston Mayor Kim Janey. PHOTO: DON WEST
Duane Jackson, left, and Charlie Titus. PHOTO: DON WEST
(left to right) Imari Paris Jeffries UMass board, Mary Burns, UMass Building Authority; Steve Karam, Chair UMass Board; Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Chancellor UMass Boston, UMass President Marty Meehan
Charles Lester, Angela Motley, Keith Motley, UMass Boston Chancellor Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, UMass President Marty Meehan, Cornelia Holman Motley Williams, mother of Keith Motley. PHOTO: DON WEST

A ceremony to honor Dr. J. Keith Motley and his wife, Angela, for their respective selfless, hard work over the years as members of the UMass Boston leadership was held at the University.

The entire program was inspiring. UMass President Marty Meehan opened it with words of gratitude for their service. Other speakers reflected on the work done by the Motley team and what it meant to the University and the city of Boston. Many listened and smiled, often shaking their heads in agreement. Pride was everywhere as mention was made of the earlier days. In the speeches, much was said about the UMass promise for better days ahead. The promise of more to come was articulated. Dr. Motley is strategic, team player who understands the importance of leadership and has helped not only UMass Boston, but the city of Boston, the Commonwealth and beyond. He and his wife share their belief in the University as they travel together building connections and resources for it, which represents a turning point for better education.