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Citation for Dr. Keith Motley

Presented by Lise Chin Leist ‘73 
Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees

 August 23th, 2020

Dr. Motley’s biography is quite impressive and he has been referred to as a history maker. He is part of an amazing cast of Education Makers that includes teachers, professors, education administrators, education consultants, museum and library professionals and historians. As a History Maker, Dr. Motley and others have spent a significant portion of their careers advancing educational philosophies, teaching, advising, mentoring students, breaking new ground in developing curricula, and sharing information through related programming.

During Dr. Motley’s time in the higher education system, he has been involved in a variety of community-based philanthropic efforts. He became the founder of the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School and chair emeritus of the school’s Board of Trustees. He was the founder and education chair of Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Inc., and the Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development. Dr. Motley did all this, while serving on the boards of many community organizations such as the Carey Hospital, Freedom House, the Boston Foundation, the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, the Boston Sports Museum, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, the Commonwealth Corporation, and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

Dr. Motley has been named to a variety of lists that recognize his accomplishments that include Boston Business Journal’s Power 50 the “Get Konnected 100” list of Boston’s 100 most Influential People of Color. Dr. Motley was also the Boston Business Journal’s 2014 recipient of the Leaders in Diversity Award.

Dr. Motley received his Bachelor of Science degree in education, speech pathology and audiology and his Masters of Education degree in higher education administration from Northeastern University. He went on to receive his Ph.D. degree in education administration from Boston College

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“It’s a small thing to a giant.”

Dr. Motley you are a giant with your peers and a great friend of Pine Manor College. Today we honor you.

By virtue of the authority of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as vested in the Board of Trustees, I confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, with all the rights, honors and privileges pertaining thereto.