Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter presents the state's inaugural Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award at the University of Massachusetts, Boston's Campus Center to the University Park Partnership, a collaboration of Worcester's Clark University and the nonprofit Main South Community Development Corp.

The award, which carries a $10,000 prize, is the nation's most prestigious recognition for collaborations between colleges and universities and their neighboring communities. The Massachusetts award was organized by UMass Boston and the Massachusetts Campus Compact.

Three finalists and the winning project were chosen from among 21 entries by an independent panel of experts. The University Park Partnership focuses on promoting economic development, education, social programs, public safety and homeownership in one of Worcester's poorest neighborhoods.

Selected from 21 entrants, the three finalists were:

The Mission Hill-Fenway Technology Collaborative, Boston, Mass, a partnership of Wentworth Institute of Technology and the nonprofit Mission Main Resident Services Corporation. The project helps low-income residents develop technology skills, expand knowledge and capacity, and promote community through technology.

The Possible Selves Partnership, a project of Mount Holyoke College, in South Hadley, Mass, and the nonprofit Girls Inc. of Holyoke. The partnership provides inner-city teenage girls with avenues of expression and support as they explore their own futures.

The University Park Partnership, Worcester, Mass, a collaboration between Clark University and the nonprofit Main South Community Development Corporation. The program focuses on promoting economic development, education, social programs, public safety and homeownership in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

Initiated in 2000 by the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University, the Carter Partnership Award is named for President and Mrs. Carter as a tribute to their lifelong efforts to develop and support safe, healthy, and caring communities throughout the world. Massachusetts is one of four states recently chosen as expansion sites for The Carter Partnership Award.

+ BIO: Rosalynn Carter

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has worked for more than three decades to improve the quality of life for people around the world. She is an advocate for mental health, early childhood immunization, human rights, and conflict resolution through her work at The Carter Center in Atlanta. She also champions professional and family caregivers through her work at the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia, near her home town of Plains, GA.

+ BIO: Jack Wilson

Jack M. Wilson is the 25th President of the five-campus, 60,000-student University of Massachusetts System- serving since September 2, 2003. During his career, he has served various institutions as Professor of Physics, Department Chair, Research Center Director, Dean, Vice President, Provost, and a private sector entrepreneur. At the University of Massachusetts, he served previously as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and as founding CEO of UMassOnline.

Prior to arriving at UMass, Wilson was the J. Erik Jonsson '22 Distinguished Professor of Physics, Engineering Science, Information Technology, and Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he also had served as a Dean, Research Center Director, and Provost. Before being appointed at Rensselaer, he served at the University of Maryland, College Park and as an officer of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Institute of Physics, and the American Physical Society.

Wilson is nationally and internationally known for his leadership in the reform of higher education programs, winning the Theodore Hesburgh Award, the Boeing Award, and the Pew Charitable Trust Prize for his innovative programs. He was awarded an Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the U.S. Army for service to the Army Education program. Wilson earned his bachelor's degree at Thiel College in 1967, his master's degree in 1970 and his doctorate in 1972 in Physics, both from Kent State University.

+ BIO: Keith Motley

Keith Motley, Ph.D., is the eighth chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston. He leads an institution with approximately 13,500 undergraduate and graduate students, a full-time and part-time faculty of more than 800, and a $254 million annual budget.

Between 2005 and his appointment as chancellor which began on July 1, 2007, Dr. Motley served as vice president for business, marketing, and public affairs at the University of Massachusetts President's Office, where he reported directly to President Jack M. Wilson, working closely with university leaders and the Board of Trustees. Prior to joining the President's Office, he was the interim chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he previously had served as vice chancellor for student affairs, following a twenty-plus-year career in higher education administration that included ten years as dean of student services at Northeastern University.

As vice president for business, marketing, and public affairs at the University of Massachusetts President's Office, Dr. Motley was instrumental in leading strategic, system-wide initiatives and working closely with the Board of Trustees committees on advancement and athletics. He instituted the Development Council, comprised of vice chancellors from the five University of Massachusetts campuses, to improve collaboration on fundraising and facilitate that process. He also led an executive team of representatives that determined the selection of marketing firms that will provide the University of Massachusetts with a unified and updated branding strategy.

Dr. Motley's responsibilities in the President's Office also included building external relationships with K-12 specialists and higher education policy leaders, locally and federally; creating relationships with corporations; and working with functional networks such as associations. He was the designee to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Blue Ribbon Task Force on Student Financial Aid and the American Council on Education (ACE) Solutions for the Future Project. Dr. Motley also served on the Boston Foundation's Steering Committee for the Carol G. Goldberg Seminar on Higher Education-Community Partnerships, The Role and Impact of Colleges and Universities in Greater Boston Today.

A founder of the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School and chair emeritus of the school's Board of Trustees, Dr. Motley serves as the immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees of Newbury College in Brookline. He also serves on numerous boards of community organizations, including the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, Freedom House, Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Inc., the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, ACCESS, the Boston Private Industry Council and the Dimock Community Health Center. He is the founder and education chair of Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Inc., and the Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development. Dr. Motley also chairs the Boston Committee Initiative's Do the Write Thing Challenge of the National Campaign to Stop Violence. He is a member of Iota Phi Theta fraternity and Sigma Pi Phi fraternity Beta Beta Boule.

J. Keith Motley holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Northeastern University and a doctorate from Boston College. He is a proud graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's Upward Bound Program. He is married to Angela Motley and is the father of Keith Jr., Kayla, and Jordan.

+ BIO: Michael Ross

With the experience Mike Ross gained solving complex problems and bringing disparate parties together as a legislator, he now brings to his practice as an attorney where he focuses on real estate, strategic advice, and government relations. Mike served for 14 years as a Boston City Councilor, as well as serving as the President of the body. In 2013 he entered the race for mayor, sharing a bold vision for the city’s future.

As an elected official he championed the opening of elementary schools in underserved neighborhoods and recently celebrated the announcement of the opening of a new downtown school - the first since the Carter administration. He brought physical education to area schools and focused on creating innovative job training models. His efforts revitalize the Boston Common and launch Food Trucks by borrowing ideas from other cities, have helped to move Boston forward.

Ross represented District 8 on the Boston City Council, including Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, and Mission Hill and some of Boston's greatest institutions and landmarks: Fenway Park, the Longwood Medical Area and Massachusetts General Hospital, the Museum of Fine Arts and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and a number of our city's finest academic institutions. World-renowned public spaces like the Boston Common, the Public Garden, the Esplanade, and Frederick Law Olmstead's historic Emerald Necklace are also in the district.

Ross spearheaded the effort to turn the Boston Common into America's greatest park. As Chair of the Special Committee on Boston Common, Mike led the effort to bring more activity to the Boston Common, through improved programming efforts, as well as creating a restaurant and other eateries like the ones in a number of New York City's parks to draw tourists and residents alike to the Common.

Mike has a long history of utilizing technology to make city government more accessible for residents. Prior to his election to the Council, Mike was part of a team that developed Boston's first Website. The site received the "Best of the Web" award for municipalities by Government Technology Magazine. As Councilor, Mike wrote for Boston magazine's blog, Boston Daily, as well as contributing to Blue Mass Group. He believes that there is a strong role that technology and the internet can play in making government better, more open, and more accessible.

+ BIO: Lillian Santiago

Lillian Santiago is the Operational Manager of Bauza Associates, LLC and has assisted in the development of the multi-cultural readiness program for numerous businesses in the United States. Lillian, a recognized leader for her expertise in marketing to the Hispanic community has also dedicated her time, both professional and personal to the well being of others.

For over ten years she was responsible for the direction and success of several non-profit organizations. She also devoted over four years of her time as an elected official a City Council Member for the City of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and has served as board member of the Care Center in Massachusetts, the Womens Fund of Western MA and the National Conference for Community and Justice. Lillian has presented and been interviewed by various entities for her knowledge in both womens issues and public health.

She earned her M.Ed. in Education and counseling from Cambridge College in Boston and her B.S. in Psychology and Public Administration from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.

+ BIO: John Bassett

President Bassett has published books on authors such as William Faulkner, Mark Twain, and William Dean Howells, (as well as others.)

In a sense, President Bassett believes the taxonomy of "English major" has become less and less descriptive, the term itself denotes study in a wide variety of disciplines. The term "literature" has not held a large position on college campuses until the last hundred years. "English" as a discipline plays the roles now that departments of Theology, or Classics might have played at one time. He believes that a college would be greatly impoverished if literature departments did not remain "central players" in universities. He believes the study of literature can teach us the nature of human experience just as history may teach us the nature of human experience. He believes a realization of this interconnectedness would be a desirable end.

+ BIO: Jack Foley

Jack Donovan Foley was the developer of many sound effect techniques used in film making. He worked on the pictures such as Melody of Love, Show Boat (1929), Dat Ol' Ribber, Spartacus, and Pink Submarine. He is attributed with inventing the art of Foley, which is the process of adding sound effects such as footsteps and environmental sounds to films. His crucial founding role in the development of Foley is documented in the 2009 book The Foley Grail.

+ BIO: Paul Grogan

Paul Grogan is the president and chief executive officer of the Boston Foundation. Previously, Paul served as vice president for Government, Community and Public Affairs at Harvard University, where he oversaw all government relations for Harvard, relations with Harvard's host communities of Cambridge and Boston, and the Harvard news office. He was also a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School. While at Harvard, Paul also created a new national organization, CEOs for Cities, comprised of large city mayors, business leaders, university presidents and foundation executives.

Paul has also served as President and CEO of the nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation's largest community development intermediary. During his term as president, LISC raised and invested more than $3 billion of private capital in inner-city revitalization efforts across America, channeled through local nonprofit community development corporations.

He is a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, founder and a director of the for-profit company, the Community Development Trust, and a director of New Profit, Inc.

+ BIO: Becky W. Packard

Becky Wai-Ling Packard is interested in the intersection of motivation, identity, and mentoring. Packard's research focuses on the mentoring of women pursuing science and technology careers; the aspirations and mentoring of urban ethnic minority low-income adolescents, especially in science and technology; and understanding complex pathways toward higher education.

She has designed mentoring programs in the context of her courses featuring partnerships between Mount Holyoke students and area youth from nearby Holyoke and Springfield. She received the Volunteer of the Year Award from Girls Inc., Holyoke. Packard's work is supported by the National Science Foundation's CAREER program. In June 2005, she went to the White House to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government upon early career scientists.

Packard's numerous scholarly articles have been published in such journals as Career Development Quarterly, Mentoring and Tutoring, Journal of Career Development, Journal of College Science Teaching, Advancing Women in Leadership, and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.

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