Columbia Point

Motley picks second in command

In the first big hire of his new administration, UMass-Boston Chancellor Keith Motley tapped a twelve-year campus veteran this week for his chief of staff.

Christopher Hogan, who lives in Lynn with his wife and three children, has served as the university's associate vice chancellor for athletics, recreation and special projects and programs since 2005.

He also served as the chancellor's special assistant when Motley had the job on the interim and as assistant vice chancellor of student affairs when Motley headed the division under then-Chancellor Jo Ann Gora.  Read more

GoKids facility at UMass blends research and fun

By 
Brian Denitzio
Jul. 25, 2007

At first glance, the new GoKids Boston space at UMass-Boston looks like any other fitness facility. It's equipped with all the things one would expect to find in a gym; there's stationary bikes and Nautilus equipment. But set beyond the weights and cardio machines is the Sportwall, a floor-to-ceiling display of flashing yellow lights that allows children to compete in a wide variety of team and one-on-one games involving running and throwing.  Read more

Bayside outlines plans at meeting

Corcoran Jennison Companies hosted the first public meeting for residents last week to discuss plans to redevelop nearly 30 acres of land on Columbia Point into a mixed-use retail and residential project that could represent a $1 billion investment.

The site is currently home to the Bayside Expo Center, a conference facility whose business has been impacted drastically since last summer, when a change in state law allowed the new Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston to host the regional trade shows that provided Bayside with its most lucrative clients.  Read more

Bayside execs envision massive transformation on Columbia Point

A new mix of residential, commercial and open space would replace the box-shaped confines of Bayside Expo Center under a conceptual plan discussed today by executives from Corcoran Jennison Companies, owners of the waterfront land in Columbia Point.

Corcoran Jennison Companies has unveiled a concept to completely redevelop 21.5 acres of property on Columbia Point as a mixed use residential and retail destination at a cost that could approach $1 billion.  Read more

Motley likely to put own stamp on UMass-Boston campus life

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Patrick McGroarty
May. 22, 2007

Call it a do-over of sorts. Echoing a similar scene from nearly three years ago, Keith Motley last week returned to UMass-Boston to once again assume the chancellorship while surrounded by family and several of his mentors. This time, it's said to be permanent.  Read more

Collins to depart, Motley take helm at UMass-Boston

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By Patrick McGroarty and Bill Forry
May. 15, 2007

Dr. Michael F. Collins will leave his post as chancellor of UMass-Boston this summer to become the interim chancellor of the UMass Medical School in Worcester. Collins, who has led the Dorchester campus for less than two years, will be replaced by Dr. J. Keith Motley, a UMass vice-president who served as UMass-Boston's interim chancellor prior to Collins's appointment.  Read more

Dorm notion draws heat at UMass session

Neighborhood activists strongly opposed to the construction of dormitories at UMass-Boston spoke out publicly in front of university administrators on Tuesday evening as the school moves slowly toward formulating the master plan that will dictate its structural and agenda progress for years to come.

"I'll meet you on middle ground when you can prove to me that dorms would have no impact on [Dorchester] cops or city services," said Tom Gannon, president of the Fields Corner Civic Association.  Read more

Dorms take backseat to other growth in UMass presentation

UMass-Boston is more than halfway through its 'strategic' planning process, but with a progress report due at the end of this month, officials had little concrete information to present at a community forum Tuesday evening.

Several university officials reviewed the structure of the strategic and master planning initiatives for an audience that included a high percentage of Dorchester's more well-known neighborhood activists and representatives for many local elected officials.  Read more

Collins in, Motley out for UMass-Boston Chancellorship

University of Massachusetts President Jack Wilson on Wednesday recommended to the school's trustees that Michael F. Collins, former CEO of the Caritas Christi Health Care System, become chancellor of UMass-Boston, opting to shut out J. Keith Motley, who had served as interim chancellor.

Collins, a clinical professor of internal medicine at Tufts University, said he plans to use the experience he gained leading the hospital system and in various university faculty position.  Read more

Critical Mass; UMass Infrastructure Needs Repairs, Officials Say

Crumbling concrete, crater-like potholes, and falling debris have officials at the University of Massachusetts at Boston searching for $50 million to overhaul the Columbia Point campus's parking garage. The two-story structure serves as the foundation for five of the seven buildings on the UMass-Boston campus and must be refurbished in the next 10 years to avoid the risk of structural failure, according to university officials. Citing the continual deterioration of the structure, officials are renewing efforts to win funding for the project.  Read more