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Then-Sen. John Kerry receives the Chancellor's Medal as University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley stands at left during UMass Boston commencement on May 29, 2009. (Lisa Poole/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Then-Sen. John Kerry receives the Chancellor's Medal as University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley stands at left during UMass Boston commencement on May 29, 2009. (Lisa Poole/AP)

In 2013, UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley spoke to the community and said, "We hold as an article of faith that anyone, given the opportunity, can rise to great levels of achievement and contributions for the public good. This pursuit is a public enterprise, meant to be directed toward all."

Last night, Motley announced that he would step down from his position at the end of the academic year. In a memorandum sent to the university, he said, "It has been my honor and greatest pleasure to serve as your chancellor."

His resignation comes amidst financial problems for the university, which has a deficit approaching $30 million.

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Max Larkin, reporter for WBUR's Edify team. He tweets @jmlarkin.

Kevin Peterson, founder of the New Democracy Coalition.

This segment aired on April 6, 2017.

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