Dr. Kerry Healey Named Babson College's Next President

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President-elect Healey returns to her academic roots, bringing decades of public
leadership as well as vast global experience and connections to Babson.
WELLESLEY, Mass.,  March 24, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Babson College today
announced that Dr.  Kerry Healey, former Lt. Governor of  Massachusetts  and
leading advocate for the expansion of women's rights and higher education in 
Afghanistan, has been selected the first woman to lead the College. Dr. Healey
was elected to the post earlier tonight by a vote of the  Babson College  Board
of Trustees. Dr. Healey will assume the presidency on  July 1, 2013. She will be
introduced at a press conference on  Monday, March 25, 2013  at  11 a.m. (EDT) 
in Babson's Reynolds Campus Center. Live streaming of the press conference can
be accessed here or via  www.babson.edu/presidentelect.

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Commenting on the appointment,  Joseph L. Winn, Chair of the Board of Trustees,
said, "The Trustees of Babson entered this presidential search with the
confidence that comes from being in a position of strength and with a
determination to find a leader who could build on the momentum of the recent
past and with a clear vision of what we could be in our Centennial year of 2019
and beyond. At Babson, our mission is to shape entrepreneurial leaders who
create economic and social value everywhere and we believe that Entrepreneurship
of All Kinds is a powerful force for positive change in the world. We aimed high
and found a leader in Dr. Healey who has lived Babson's entrepreneurial based
mission and who has a global network of relationships which can only add to
Babson's reach and influence. From founding non-profit organizations that help
transform societies and creating new approaches to solving social issues, to
teaching students to lead real institutional change and launching a TV show to
put a spotlight on innovation, Dr. Healey's entrepreneurial leadership has made
an impact in the U.S. and across the globe."

"Her achievements in academia, government, and humanitarian efforts across the
globe speak to the impact she can make in any environment and to the extensive
relationships and connections she has cultivated," continued Winn. "Her
leadership expertise and powerful global network make her uniquely qualified to
lead Babson at this pivotal time in the College's history."

Dr. Healey succeeds  Len Schlesinger, who announced in  December 2012  that he
would step down after more than five years as Babson's president at the end of
the 2012-2013 academic year.

An academic by training, Dr. Healey is an internationally known and respected
leader with nearly three decades experience in academia, government, and
international diplomatic and humanitarian work. Widely published on criminal
justice issues, Dr. Healey's academic experience includes several teaching roles
in which she helped students translate real-life lessons into knowledge in order
to generate and advance change. Dr. Healey has been a Fellow at the Harvard
Kennedy School's Institute of Politics and Harvard's Center for Public
Leadership, and has taught or lectured at  Rutgers University,  Endicott
College, and the  University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Dr. Healey holds an A.B.
in Government from  Harvard College  and a Ph.D. in Political Science and Law
from  Trinity College, Dublin.

Since serving as the 70th Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts  from 2003 to 2007, Dr. Healey has led numerous diplomatic,
humanitarian and philanthropic initiatives here in the U.S. and overseas. Her
work has had a special focus on the welfare and advancement of women and
children, including leading a national effort to reduce child homelessness for
the National Center on Family Homelessness, bringing humanitarian aid to schools
for the disabled in  Cuba  with ACESSO, co-chairing with Ambassador  Swanee Hunt
 the Parity Project, a bi-partisan effort to increase women's representation in
high-level offices, and training female Afghan parliamentarians in  Kabul  for
the International Republican Institute.

Her work took a new direction when she was appointed by Secretary of State 
Condoleezza Rice  as a founding member of the Executive Committee of the U.S.
Department of State's Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in 
Afghanistan  (PPP), a position to which she was reappointed in 2009 by Secretary
of State  Hillary Rodham Clinton. As Founder and President of the non-profit,
which administers the PPP's Afghan rule of law programs, Dr. Healey has assisted
Afghan lawyers in attending top U.S. law schools to study human rights and
commercial law and oversees offices in  Kabul  and Herat. Through the program,
graduates and grantees work to promote rule of law, human rights, women's
rights, and provide legal aid. As a trustee of the  American University  of 
Afghanistan  (AUAF), she has worked to establish a law school program in
conjunction with  Stanford Law School  and to secure numerous scholarships for
Afghan women. She has brought the PPP and AUAF together to start a new
initiative that will provide legal advice to Afghan women entrepreneurs.

Further building her global presence and connections, she served as both
domestic and foreign policy advisor to the Romney for President Campaign. As
Foreign Policy Coordinator she recruited and assembled a team of 250 foreign
policy experts and thought leaders from around world. Domestically, she led the
effort to identify top candidates for domestic cabinet posts and presidential
appointments. Dr. Healey also served as one of 11 National Finance Team
Co-Chairs responsible for collectively raising an unprecedented  $1 billion  in
support of Gov. Romney's campaign. Dr. Healey has been a member of the Council
on Foreign Relations since 2005.

"I fervently believe that education and entrepreneurship are essential in all
spheres of society in order to solve economic and social problems and to create
value," said President-elect Healey. "I am honored and excited to lead Babson in
its work to educate and empower entrepreneurs of all kinds knowing they will
change the world for the better. Babson uniquely draws from multiple disciplines
and resources to help entrepreneurially-minded individuals and organizations
support their ideas and ambitions. I am eager to extend Babson's reach to create
even more opportunities to bring the transformational power of entrepreneurship
to the world."

Dr. Healey's selection follows a rigorous search process, which featured
significant input from Babson students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. To
ensure the community's voice was heard throughout the search process, the
Presidential Search Committee held on-campus listening sessions, web chats, and
provided an online form for members of the Babson community and beyond to
provide input on the qualities and characteristics the committee should seek in
identifying the next Babson president. As a result of considerable input from
the Babson community and the intensive efforts of the committee, a rich pool of
talented candidates was identified. Ultimately more than 170 candidates were
considered for the presidency. That list featured candidates from academia,
business, government, and beyond and included individuals identified by the
Committee, members of the Babson community, and Korn/Ferry International, the
search firm working with the College. The Presidential Search Committee was
chaired by Trustee and former  New Hampshire  governor  Craig Benson, a 1977
graduate of  Babson College  and a member of the College's Academy of
Distinguished Entrepreneurs, and was comprised of trustees, faculty, and staff
who were appointed based on their breadth of expertise and knowledge of Babson
and the qualities required of its next president.

"Dr. Healey is a leader in both thought and action," said Benson. "As a former
governor, I have a special appreciation for how Dr. Healey helped successfully
lead a 60,000 person operation and a budget which exceeded  25 billion dollars.
She was effective by breaking down silos, working with people from different
backgrounds and creating innovative approaches to address some of the
Commonwealth's biggest challenges including drug abuse, homelessness,
educational excellence and recidivism. In fact, many of the programs she helped
create have served as national models. I am thrilled that she now joins Babson
to lead the College as it prepares for its centennial in 2019."

Raised in  Florida, Dr. Healey attended  Harvard College  on a substantial
scholarship going on to earn her Ph.D. at  Trinity College, Dublin, as a Rotary
International Ambassadorial Scholar. From an early age she understood the
intrinsic link between education and opportunity and throughout her career has
worked tirelessly to pursue excellence in education and support financial aid
and scholarship programs for students. In fact, under the Romney-Healey
Administration,  Massachusetts' schools were ranked No. 1 in the nation for the
first time in both English and Math on the National Assessment of Educational
Progress (NAEP). The Romney-Healey Administration also established the John and
Abigail Adams Scholarships to provide greater access to public higher education
for  Massachusetts' top students. Further, Dr. Healey led a bi-partisan effort
with former State Senator  Steven Tolman  to found three Recovery High Schools
to support education for formerly drug-addicted youths.

Dr. Healey assumed a broad range of responsibilities as Lt. Governor, including
leading the administration's successful efforts to combat drunken driving,
address homelessness, and increase penalties for perpetrators of child abuse,
gang violence, sexual assault and domestic violence. She was the point person
responsible for working with mayors and town leaders in 351 municipalities. She
also partnered with Gov. Romney to craft first in the nation health care reform
legislation. Prior to entering public service, Dr. Healey worked for more than a
decade as public policy consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice for the 
Cambridge-based think tank, Abt Associates, Inc.

Dr. Healey's commitment to fighting homelessness, which began with her
establishment of  Massachusetts' first Interagency Council on Homelessness, has
been recognized both locally and nationally by Housing Families, Inc.,
Wellspring Inc. and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which awarded
her the "A Home for Every American" Award in 2006. Her international
humanitarian work has been recognized by the Red Cross (International Hero
Award, 2012) and Empower Peace/Women2Women which honored her with the
"Torchbearer Award" in 2011 for advancing the status of women worldwide.

Dr. Healey is a regular contributor to public radio, with commentaries appearing
on WGBH's Local Voices and WBUR's Cognoscenti on-line opinion page. In 2010, she
was the creator and host of Shining City, a television series showcasing New
England's cutting-edge scientific and social innovation which aired on NESN.

Following tomorrow's press conference, President-elect Healey will be introduced
to the Babson community at a series of on-campus events involving faculty,
students and staff.

About Babson College 
Babson College  is the educator, convener, and thought leader for
Entrepreneurship of All Kinds. The College is a dynamic living and learning
laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the
real-world problems of business and society-while at the same time evolving our
methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most:
those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate
change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a
common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a
half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action as
the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and
social value. For information, visit  www.babson.edu.

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