Helen G. Drinan is the eighth President of Simmons College. During the past five years, she has used her leadership experience to guide the institution to a position of competitive strength financially, academically, and operationally. Before being named President in 2008, Ms. Drinan served as the Chair of the Simmons College Board of Trustees. An alumna of the Simmons School of Management and the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, her relationship with Simmons spans nearly four decades.
Since assuming the presidency of Simmons College, Ms. Drinan has been recognized by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts as a Leading Woman (2013), by Woman LEAD as a "Woman Who Leads in Academia and Inspires Others" (2013), and by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as a Pinnacle Award Recipient for Excellence in Arts & Education (2012).
Ms. Drinan is dedicated to women's education as a pathway to successful women leaders. As an undergraduate alumna of Mount Holyoke College, she understands firsthand the value of an all-women's college. In addition to her work at Simmons, Ms. Drinan is a member of several organizations working to empower women including 2020 Women on Boards, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of women on U.S. public boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020; the Massachusetts Women's Forum; and the Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees.
Previously, Ms. Drinan was Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Caritas Christi Health Care. She received national attention for the strength of character and values she displayed in her service to Caritas Christi, and for her work cultivating a culture focused on those the institution serves. Ms. Drinan also served as President and CEO of the Society of Human Resources Management, a professional organization with the largest human resource membership in the world; and as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for BankBoston, where she developed nationally recognized programs on executive compensation, work-life strategy, and diversity.
Ms. Drinan has been recognized by several organizations for her achievements. In 2001, she was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, and in 2007 she received the John D. Erdlen Five Star Award, the highest award given annually by the Northeast Human Resource Association.
Ms. Drinan currently serves on the board of directors of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), and the board of directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
She resides in Boston with her husband, David H. Drinan. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.