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Simmons College President Helen Drinan Elected to Leading Policy-Making Group for Independent Colleges in Mass

BOSTON (June 16, 2011) — Simmons College President Helen Drinan recently was elected to the board of directors of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts (AICUM), a group considered to be the leading voice on public policy matters relating to independent higher education in Massachusetts. Her term began June 1.

AICUM President Richard Doherty said Drinan's leadership experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors will serve the board well. "I have had the opportunity to work with Helen Drinan on a number of issues in the past. Her passion, commitment, and energy will be a strong asset to our board," said Doherty.

Drinan has served as Simmons president since 2008, and recently announced that she will remain at the College through the 2016 academic year. Under her leadership the Simmons remains fiscally strong, and continues to demonstrate a positive trajectory in enrollment and retention. Prior to becoming Simmons's president, Drinan was a well-known and respected leader in health care and business circles.

Drinan joins the AICUM board along with Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella and Babson College President Leonard Schlesinger. AICUM also recently elected Joseph Moore, president of Lesley University, chairman of the board of directors, from June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012. Other AICUM member college presidents elected to serve as officers of the board include: Father William Leahy, Boston College vice-chairman; and Linda Turner, Urban College, secretary/treasurer.

Established in 1967 by college and university presidents, AICUM consists of 60 degree-granting, accredited independent or private, colleges and universities in the Commonwealth. AICUM is the leading voice on public policy matters relating to independent higher education in Massachusetts.
It plays a critical role in advocating for state and federal funding for need-based student financial aid, research, and addressing state and federal legislative and regulatory issues.

AICUM also raises awareness about the impact and contributions of the independent colleges and universities in the Commonwealth.

Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston. It offers undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in health sciences, education, liberal arts, social work, library and information science, and communications management, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women. Follow Simmons on Twitter @SimmonsCollege and @SimmonsNews.