Emmanuel College is one of 140 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through the Cummings Foundation’s $25 Million Grant Program.
Emmanuel College celebrated its historic 100th Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 14th, on its Fenway campus. President Sr. Janet Eisner, SNDdeN addressed the graduates and received an honorary degree for her 43-year tenure at the helm of Emmanuel College. She was also formally named President Emerita at the ceremony. The College also bestowed an honorary degree upon Dr. Maura Hagan '75, nationally recognized space physicist and Professor Emeritus of Physics at Utah State University.
Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN – President of Emmanuel College
Inaugurated in 1979, Sister Janet’s 43 years as president are a testament to her unwavering convictions about community, faith, service, and the transformative power of education. Throughout her tenure, her creativity and talent for reinvention have earned her the respect of business, university and church leaders throughout Boston and far beyond, along with the affection of Emmanuel’s worldwide family. In 2019, the College’s Centennial year, the Boston Globe described Sister Janet as “Emmanuel’s second founder” in recognition of her transformative leadership.
Maura Hagan ’75 – Professor Emeritus of Physics, Utah State University
Dr. Hagan received her Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Emmanuel College in 1975 and went on to receive her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Boston College in 1980 and 1987 respectively. Dr. Hagan served as a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Haystack Observatory prior to joining the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in 1992, where she spent more than 20 years as a scientist and administrator. In 2006 she was part of a team that identified the first global connection between space weather and weather on Earth. In 2019, Dr. Hagan was one of 100 U.S. scientists elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Hagan served as Dean of the College of Science at Utah State University from 2015 until her retirement in 2020.