November 2, 2011
Photo caption: David Drinan, President Helen Drinan, Eileen Friars and her husband, Scott Pyle
At a special event last month that included Simmons College trustees, corporators, alumnae/i, senior administrators, and others, the College honored alumna and Trustee Eileen Friars with the designation Trustee Emerita. Friars served on the Simmons College Board of Trustees for 15 years since 1996. The evening included a reception; songs from the Simmons Choir; tributes from Trustees Regina Pisa, Dwight Crane, and Emily Scott Pottruck, and from Associate Dean and Professor Cathie Mercier and College Registrar Donna Dolan. Friars also was surprised with a special video made to recognize her years of service to Simmons.
During a toast for Friars, President Helen Drinan said, "Your contributions have been particularly distinguished in the areas of fundraising, financial leadership, and mentoring. In all that you have done as a trustee, you have consistently put Simmons first. Our recognition of you as Trustee Emerita is an honor you richly deserve, and one we are thrilled to bestow on you."