January 19, 2022
Presidential Search Update from Board Chair Margaret L. McKenna ’83

Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,

In October, Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN, announced her plans to leave office as President of Emmanuel College. The news signaled a watershed in the College’s history. Over the last four-plus decades, through momentous shifts in higher education, Sister Janet has led Emmanuel with vision, creativity, and an optimistic spirit deeply rooted in her Catholic faith. My fellow Trustees and I join with countless current and former students, faculty and staff in expressing our gratitude and esteem for the woman who rightly has come to be known as Emmanuel’s “second founder.”

Since her inauguration in 1979, Sister Janet has pursued the “art of the possible,” consistently finding new ways to prepare students for principled and effective leadership in a changing world. Now, as Emmanuel moves into its second century, we are committed to building on the momentum of Sister Janet’s leadership to advance the College as a force for empowerment in the lives of students and for progress and peace in our society. 

Starting early in the spring semester, the Board of Trustees will begin a nationwide search for Emmanuel’s next President, assisted by AGB Search, a higher education executive search firm. The Board will lead a Presidential Search Committee, co-chaired by myself and Trustee Nancy Kleniewski ’70, former President of the State University of New York at Oneonta. The committee, which we are in the process of finalizing, will comprise representatives of our College community, including faculty, students, alumni, administrators, staff, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and trustees. We will announce the Search Committee shortly, and will provide ongoing updates on the progress of the search on the College’s website.

While responsibility for appointing the next President rests with the Emmanuel College Board of Trustees, we believe it is vital to conduct an inclusive process, one that seeks input from the entire College community and invites individuals to share their perspectives regarding the attributes of the next President and the central issues and opportunities before the College. We are committed to considering candidates from a broad diversity of professions, experiences and cultural backgrounds.

With its location in the heart of Boston, distinguished faculty, modern facilities and superb research opportunities, Emmanuel is positioned to pursue its educational mission with still greater impact. We look forward to joining with you as we identify our next President.

Sincerely,

Margaret L. McKenna ’83
Chair, Emmanuel College Board of Trustees

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