November 27, 2012
Colleges of the Fenway Presidents Honored
Emmanuel College President Sr. Janet Eisner, SND took part in a panel discussion on "Paths to the College Presidency," on November 26th at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. The event celebrated the women presidents of the Colleges of the Fenway and the photographs of the women taken by noted Boston Globe photographer Bill Brett, which were featured in his and Kerry Brett's recent book Boston Inspirational Women.
Other panelists included Dawn Barrett and Kay Sloan, current and emerita presidents, respectively, of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Helen Drinan of Simmons College, Zorica Pantić of the Wentworth Institute of Technology, Jackie Jenkins-Scott of Wheelock College, and moderator Kelly Tuthill of WCVB-TV.
During the panel, Tuthill noted that only 26 percent of college and university presidents in the United States are women. Despite these numbers, Sr. Janet, the nation's longest-serving female college president now sitting, thinks higher education is headed in the right direction. She recalled the Longwood Medical and Academic Area's (LMA) MASCO meetings from 20 years ago, when the group was addressed as "Sr. Janet and gentlemen."
"I look at it as very positive growth," she said. "We still have a lot of work to do, but I also want to celebrate what's happening right now."
Sr. Janet credits Emmanuel's compelling mission, bold decision making and the vitality of the College's students for the institution's transformation during her three-decade tenure.