UMass Boston was warned of financial crisis years earlier

University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley. –Pat Greenhouse / Boston Globe

The former finance chief of UMass Boston repeatedly warned Chancellor J. Keith Motley of an impending financial crisis on campus, according to memos she sent him in 2012, 2014, and 2016 that show concerns about the school were more frequent and urgent than previously disclosed.

Ellen O’Connor, the longtime vice chancellor for administration and finance who departed in January, told the chancellor the campus was over-extended, struggling with unforeseen construction costs, and would need to change its spending habits in order to avoid a deficit, the memos show.

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