The Search for Our Next President

On June 28, 2022, Emmanuel College announced the appointment of Mary K. Boyd, Ph.D., as its 13th President. Dr. Boyd will begin her tenure at the start of the Fall 2022 semester. The announcement marked the conclusion of a national search for a successor to Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN, following her historic 43-year tenure as President. Led by a Presidential Search Committee, the initiative sought to identity a dynamic leader committed to advancing the College as a transformative force in the lives of students and in our society. For further background on the search process, see below.


Presidential Leadership Profile

The position description for the President of Emmanuel College reflects the input of the Search Committee and the College community.

View The Presidential Prospectus (PDF)

Presidential Search Committee

The purpose of the committee is to lead and manage the search process and, with the assistance of the College’s consultant partners from AGB Search, to identify, recruit and recommend to the Board of Trustees the strongest possible candidates for the presidency. The members of the Presidential Search Committee are broadly representative of the Emmanuel College Community.

Nancy Kleniewski, Ph.D. ’70 Co-Chair of the Search Committee and Trustee; President Emerita, State University of New York at Oneonta
Margaret L. McKenna ’83 Co-Chair of the Search Committee and Chair of Board of Trustees; Senior Advisor, Fidelity Investments
Christopher Borges, Ph.D. ’10 Trustee; Senior Principal Scientist, Cell and Genome Engineering, Sanofi
Sister Mary Farren, SNDdeN ’69 Trustee; Provincial Leadership Team, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur – East-West Province
Josef Kurtz, Ph.D. Vice President of Academic Affairs
Sheilah Shaw Horton, Ph.D. ’81 Trustee; Vice President and Dean of Students, Wellesley College
Thomas J. Hynes, Jr Vice Chair of Board of Trustees; Co-Chairman, Colliers International
William Leonard, Ph.D. Associate Professor of History
Eileen Milien Class of 2022
Erin Farmer Noonan Vice President of Human Resources, Risk Management and Compliance; Title IX Coordinator
Ana Otero, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer of Biology
Candace A. Race Trustee; Marketing Executive
Kathy Soles, M.F.A. '73 Professor of Art

Search Firm

The College has partnered with AGB Search to assist in identifying and recruiting presidential candidates.

Learn more about AGB Search

Communications and Updates

June 28, 2022
Emmanuel College Names Mary K. Boyd, Ph.D., as Next President

Following a comprehensive nationwide search, Mary K. Boyd, Ph.D., has been named the 13th president of Emmanuel College. The College’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Boyd, who has decades of experience in academic leadership, including at Catholic and mission-driven institutions such as Berry College, the University of San Diego and Loyola University Chicago.


June 28, 2022
Message from Search Committee Co-Chair: Mary K. Boyd, Ph.D. Named President

The Board of Trustees, following a national search, has unanimously elected Mary K. Boyd, Ph.D., to serve as the next President of Emmanuel College.


June 1, 2022
Presidential Search Progress Update from Search Committee Co-Chairs

An update on the Presidential Search from Committee Co-Chairs Margaret L. McKenna ’83 and Nancy Kleniewski, Ph.D. ’70.


April 26, 2022
Presidential Search Update from Search Committee Co-Chairs

An update on the Presidential Search from Committee Co-Chairs Margaret L. McKenna ’83 and Nancy Kleniewski, Ph.D. ’70.


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