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Winter 2014 Message from President Helen Drinan

I cannot believe another year has gone by and the fall semester is quickly coming to a close. For many of us, December is a time for reflection and an opportunity to plan for the future. Every year, I have much to reflect on both personally and professionally, and today I would like to share with you some of the things for which I am grateful.

I am grateful for the opportunity to interact with our students every day. They are such bright, hardworking, and dedicated women who are just at the start of their journey. The education they receive at Simmons will provide them with all the tools they need for an incredibly bright future.

I am grateful for our brilliant and creative faculty who complete compelling research and are transforming the educational experience at Simmons. This is attracting an unprecedented number of undergraduate applications – up 38 percent over last year.

I am grateful for an alumnae community who is supportive and loyal. You are leaders in your fields, communities, and homes, and you maintain a warm relationship with Simmons. I could not be more proud to hold two degrees from Simmons.

I am grateful for an opportunity to lead this institution during a time in higher education when questions are many and pressures are great. Together, we preserve the legacy of our founder John Simmons, and his vision to provide an education to women when it was not the societal norm.

In the spirit of our founder, Simmons has always enthusiastically opened our doors to change-makers, and our students and alumnae continue to prioritize inclusivity and empowerment.

I am also deeply grateful for your support. Your cards, phone calls, and kind thoughts have meant a great deal to me.

Simmons is a special place. Our relationship with Simmons grows each year. The Making Education Work Campaign is coming to a close in a few months with an increased goal of $100 million. Please consider joining me in showing your appreciation for Simmons with a gift to the Campaign.

With gratitude,President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM


Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM
President, Simmons College



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