• President's Biography

    Barry M. Maloney, Worcester State University’s 11th president, has served in this role since 2011. His straightforward chargeto put students firstmeans 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 countryone of only two in Massachusetts. In August 2014, it also recognized WSU as a “Best in the Northeast” university for the 11th consecutive year. 

    Barry Maloney

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    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 facilitya 100,000-square-foot wellness centeris 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 basketball programs.

    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 Maloney’s father.