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Barry M. Maloney, Worcester State University’s 11th president, has served in this role since 2011. His straightforward charge—to
put students first—means providing them an excellent education at an
affordable price in a vibrant campus environment, while offering real-world
experiences that prepare them to change the way the world works.
Under President Maloney, Worcester
State University has increased its full-time faculty, student enrollment and
fundraising, as well as expanded its student engagement, community-based
learning, and student-exchange and study-away opportunities. In 2013, The Princeton Review named Worcester
State University one of the 75 Best Value public universities in the country—one of only two in Massachusetts. In August 2014, it also recognized WSU as a “Best in the Northeast”
university for the 11th consecutive year.
In 2013, fundraising brought in a record high $6 million, and WSU
received the largest single gift in its history: $3 million from Lt. Col. James
F. Sheehan ’55. Under Maloney’s
leadership, Worcester State University also received a full 10-year
reaccreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; gained 4
percentage points in its graduation rate; launched three new academic programs;
and was named to the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service, based on the
number of hours and projects students and faculty committed through service-learning
and civic-engagement activities.
Knowing that academic success
correlates with deeper connections to the campus, Maloney has overseen the
construction of a new 120,000-square-foot residence hall, which will shift the
ratio of resident-to-commuter students by providing 400 new beds. The new
building includes a 600-seat dining area. A second facility—a 100,000-square-foot
wellness center—is underway and will replace the Gymnasium that no longer
meets the fitness needs of today’s students. Both facilities, in concert with
an active athletics program and increasing campus-based activities, will
involve more students in Worcester State University campus life.
Maloney believes a strong athletics
program is an important component of university life. In 2013, he was appointed
to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Committee on Women’s
Athletics. He is one of only four Division III representatives from across the
country on the committee, which is charged with increasing opportunity,
participation and promotion of female student-athletes.
Prior to joining Worcester State University, Maloney served
for nearly twenty years at Westfield State University in a variety of positions,
including twice as interim president and as vice president of Student Affairs and
vice president of Advancement and College Relations.
A native of Springfield, Massachusetts, Maloney graduated from
the University of Maine at Orono with a bachelor’s degree in political science
and public management, and a master’s degree in public administration. Maloney
is also a 2007 graduate of the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard
Graduate School of Education.
During his college years, Maloney worked as an aide for public
officials, including former Springfield Mayor (now U.S. Representative) Richard
E. Neal. Maloney’s community involvement included serving on the board of the
Westfield Boys and Girls Club and as a water commissioner for the City of
Westfield. He is also a former member of the Amelia Park Children’s Museum and
the Westfield Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has also coached youth
Today, in addition to his NCAA post, Maloney serves on the
boards of directors for the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, the Worcester
Business Development Corporation and the Higher Education Consortium of Central
Massachusetts (formerly the Colleges of Worcester Consortium). He also serves on
the Board of Trustees for the Wilbraham & Monson Academy, and, for 2013-2014,
as vice chair of the Council of Presidents, a governing body for nine state
universities in Massachusetts.
Maloney, his wife Laura, and their three children reside
across the street from the university and are active in neighborhood, athletics
and university events. Maloney is the product of public education, and his
family is devoted to public education. His mother was an elementary school
teacher; his father a school administrator. Laura served on the School
Committee in Westfield and is a graduate of Westfield State University, as is
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