February 9, 2022
Appointment of Presidential Search Committee

Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,

Since Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN, announced her intention to conclude her 43-year tenure as President of Emmanuel College, the Board of Trustees has begun a national search for her successor. This appointment is among the Board’s most important responsibilities, and we are committed to ensuring a search process that is thoughtful, thorough and inclusive.

To advance these aims, the Board has established a Presidential Search Committee comprising individuals from across the Emmanuel College community. The purpose of the committee is to lead and manage the search process and, with the assistance of our consultant partners from AGB Search, to identify, recruit and recommend to the Board the strongest possible candidates for the presidency.

We are pleased to announce the following members of the committee:

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; 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, 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, Senior Lecturer of Biology

Candace A. Race, Trustee; Marketing Executive

Kathy Soles ’73, Professor of Art

We are grateful to the members of the Presidential Search Committee for the time, care and energy they will devote to this vital initiative.

We will continue to keep the College community updated as the search proceeds. Meanwhile, questions, nominations and expressions of interest may be sent to EmmanuelPresident@agbsearch.com.


Margaret L. McKenna ’83
Chair, Emmanuel College Board of Trustees
Co-Chair, Presidential Search Committee    

Nancy Kleniewski, Ph.D. ’70
Co-Chair, Presidential Search Committee

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