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Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,

The Emmanuel College Board of Trustees has accepted the resignation of President Mary K. Boyd, Ph.D., who, for personal reasons, has decided to step down after leading Emmanuel College through the 2022-2023 academic year.

During Dr. Boyd’s tenure, the College was successful in securing its continued accreditation from the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE); was admitted to the prestigious Annapolis Group, a network of top liberal arts institutions; and launched a comprehensive strategic planning process, among other accomplishments.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I thank Dr. Boyd for her efforts to further the mission and goals of the College, which she pursued during a moment of great transition and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Boyd worked diligently to help bring the College through these challenges, and directed her energies toward engaging with, learning about, and connecting with the College’s students. Her resignation is effective July 31, 2023.

The Board is pleased to announce that E. Elizabeth “Beth” Ross, Ed.D., Dean of Institutional Effectiveness/Chief Data Officer, has been named Acting President following a unanimous vote. Dr. Ross will hold and exercise all the responsibilities and duties of the Office of the President while the Board confers on an approach to identifying the College’s next President.

During her 23 years at Emmanuel, Dr. Ross has served in a number of critical positions. Prior to her current role, she assumed progressive levels of responsibility as Registrar, Associate Dean and Registrar, and Associate Vice President for Institutional Research/Registrar.

Dr. Ross’s distinctions at Emmanuel include:

  • Co-chairing the steering committee that led the College community’s two-year-long preparation for its successful 2023 continuation in accreditation by NECHE. As Emmanuel’s Accreditation Liaison Officer, Dr. Ross ensures that the College meets high standards of quality and effectiveness in its programs, services, and operations.
  • Working effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders, including the Board of Trustees, the President’s Cabinet, faculty, staff, and the Student Government Association.
  • Obtaining a $157,000 Davis Foundation Educational grant to support a comprehensive three-year assessment and revision of institutional learning outcomes and general education. Dr. Ross served as co-chair of the faculty committee responsible for designing, assessing, and improving the general education curriculum.
  • Playing a key role in strategic planning and decision-making.

Dr. Ross earned a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Regis College and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University. She previously served in administrative roles at Northeastern University and Suffolk University.

We are grateful that Dr. Ross has agreed to serve as Acting President.

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