Press Release

June 5, 2018

Jacqueline Moloney, Chancellor of University of Massachusetts Lowell, Receives CUPA-HR’s Chief Executive HR Champion Award

Jacqueline Moloney, chancellor of University of Massachusetts Lowell, has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2018 Chief Executive HR Champion Award. Recognizing that what makes an institution great are its people, this award honors a president or chancellor of a higher education institution or system who has demonstrated significant support for the institution’s human resources function. Thanks to the generous support of Sibson Consulting, CUPA-HR is pleased to offer an $8,000 contribution to UMass Lowell’s endowment or a scholarship fund of Chancellor Moloney’s choice.

Throughout her time in senior leadership positions at UMass Lowell, Moloney has supported a broad-based, large-scale organizational change effort that has resulted in, among other things, doubling the operating budget of finance and operations; adding over 1.5 million square feet of building space; growing enrollment by nearly 60 percent; and increasing the workforce by 40 percent.

Moloney is also a strong HR ally and has supported HR’s proactive initiatives to ensure market-based competitive salaries; clear and comprehensive job descriptions; inclusive recruitment and selection processes; a comprehensive performance management and accountability system; robust strategic data reporting; the appropriate use of technology in business process review and redesign; robust employee recognition; and organizational climate assessment.

“Chancellor Moloney understands and respects the importance of effectively engaging members of the campus community, providing transparency in decision making, respecting and incorporating different perspectives, and creating a climate of high performance, accountability and inclusion,” says Lauren Turner, senior associate vice chancellor for HR and organizational strategy and effectiveness at UMass Lowell. “Time and time again, she has shown that she truly is an HR champion.”

Moloney was appointed chancellor of UMass Lowell in August 2015, and is the first woman to serve as chancellor. Prior to that, she served in a number of roles — including professor, researcher, dean and executive vice chancellor — at the university over the course of three decades.

CUPA-HR is higher ed HR. We serve higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and serving more than 25,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at more than 2,000 member organizations around the country and abroad, the association offers learning and professional development programs, higher education salary and benefits data, extensive online resources and just-in-time regulatory and legislative information.

CUPA-HR’s annual Higher Education Human Resource Awards honor excellence in higher education human resources and recognize service and commitment to CUPA-HR and innovation in the profession.

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