Sister Janet Eisner, SND
President of Emmanuel College, Boston
Sister Janet Eisner, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, is the nation's longest-serving woman college president currently in office. Since her inauguration in 1979, she has led Emmanuel through a time of exceptional innovation, achievement and growth. She provided the founding vision for the Colleges of the Fenway collaboration; she forged a partnership that brought Merck Research Laboratories to campus; and in 2000 she led Emmanuel's transition from an all-women's college to a thriving coeducational institution. Over the past decade, applications to Emmanuel have increased eleven-fold, enrollment has tripled and the campus has been transformed by the building of the Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center and the Jean Yawkey Student Center.
In addition to her responsibilities at Emmanuel College, Sister Janet currently serves on the Executive Committee of MASCO (the Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization, Inc.), and on the boards of the Colleges of the Fenway, The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and St. Sebastian's School in Needham, MA. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and previously served on the board of Trinity University in Washington, D.C.
Sister Janet has influenced the shaping of educational and public policy through her service on several regional, national and advisory committees. These include the Association of Governing Boards, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Massachusetts Board of Regents of Higher Education and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts. She has also been a member of the American Council on Education's Commission on Women in Higher Education and has served on various committees for the Archdiocese of Boston.
Boston College, Northeastern University and the College of the Holy Cross have recognized Sister Janet's accomplishments with honorary degrees, and several other organizations have honored her for her longstanding commitment to education.
She holds an A.B. degree from Emmanuel, an M.A. from Boston College and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Before her appointment as President, she served at Emmanuel as a faculty member and as Director of Admissions.