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

Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,

I am very pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees, in a unanimous vote, has appointed Dr. Beth Ross as the 14th President of Emmanuel College, effective immediately.

As Acting President for the past six months, Dr. Ross has steered a strategic course for the College, building on her 23 years of committed service to Emmanuel, her comprehensive understanding of all facets of institutional operations, and her strong collaborative engagement with students, faculty, and staff. By her energetic leadership, she has proven a superb successor to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur who have preceded her in the Office of the President, including President Emerita Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN.

Dr. Ross brings to the presidency a fervent belief in the importance and potential of Emmanuel in its second century. In particular, she has a profound grasp of the opportunities arising from the convergence of Emmanuel’s mission, values, and people with the explosion of growth and opportunity in our immediate Longwood and Fenway neighborhoods and throughout Boston.

Already during her six months in office, Dr. Ross has succeeded in defining and building broad institutional consensus around a 10-year strategic plan and mobilized action teams tasked with measurably implementing the plan’s key priorities. In addition, she has worked in partnership with colleagues across the College to expand academic programs, internships, research opportunities, career coaching, and other high-value learning experiences.

Prior to her appointment as Acting President last August, Dr. Ross served the College in roles of progressive responsibility, including, most recently, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness/Chief Data Officer. Over the years, she has earned the esteem and admiration of her peers for her professionalism, contributions to campus life, and participation in volunteer service. She holds a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Regis College and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University.

With her optimism and creativity, Dr. Beth Ross embodies the entrepreneurial spirit that has characterized Emmanuel from its founding in 1919. She enjoys the full and enthusiastic support of the Board as she continues to lead Emmanuel forward in this time of unprecedented possibility.


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