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Report: Five Years of Leadership and Progress: 2011–2016
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 and student enrollment; significantly improved graduation rates; exceeded annual fundraising targets; increased grant support; and expanded student engagement, community-based learning, and student-exchange and study-away opportunities.
Knowing that academic success correlates with deeper connections to the campus, Maloney ensured that construction of a new residence hall and Wellness Center moved forward. The 150,000-square-foot Sheehan Hall opened in 2014, adding 400 beds and bringing Worcester State's undergraduate residential population to about 40%—roughly double what it was in 2000. When the new $52.6 million, 101,000-square-foot Wellness Center opened in September 2016, it completed a 10-year, $200 million dollar investment in new and renovated facilities that have transformed the campus.
The Princeton Review has named Worcester State University a “Best in the Northeast” university for the 14th consecutive year and one of 2014's 75 Best Value public universities in the country—one of only two in Massachusetts. Worcester State University recently earned a full 10-year reaccreditation by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE), formerly the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); launched new academic programs; was named to the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service; and was noted as one of the nation's most “environmentally responsible” campuses.
In 2013, Maloney was appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Committee on Women’s Athletics—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.
Maloney also serves as chair of the nine Massachusetts State Universities coordinating body, the Council of Presidents. He sits 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 Spectrum Health Systems.
Prior to joining Worcester State University, Maloney served for nearly 20 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 has served as a member of the board of the Westfield Boys and Girls Club and as a member of the Amelia Park Children’s Museum and the Westfield Chapter of the American Red Cross. He also served as a water commissioner for the City of Westfield and coached youth basketball.
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.