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Marianne E. Lord Appointed VP of Advancement at Simmons College

Former Boston College Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement to Begin Sept. 6

BOSTON (July 20, 2011) — A long-time leader in institutional advancement and philanthropy, Marianne E. Lord has been appointed Vice President of Advancement at Simmons College. Lord will begin her tenure at Simmons September 6.

As Vice President of Advancement, Lord will oversee the creation and implementation of policies and programs that maximize engagement of alumni and other donors, and produce increasing levels of financial support for Simmons's annual and capital fundraising programs. She also will evaluate and define the strategic direction of the advancement function and implement strategies to support a comprehensive development and alumni relations program.

Simmons is in the midst of an $85 million Making Education Work Campaign, which is designed to increase scholarships and other financial aid for students, and support investment in Simmons's academic programs.

"I am thrilled to welcome Marianne to Simmons during this exciting time in our history," said Simmons President Helen Drinan. "The depth and breadth of her knowledge in fundraising will help to substantially further our mission to educate students for life's work, while helping to enhance opportunities to make a Simmons education more affordable and to expand on our strategic vision."

Lord brings to Simmons more than 30 years of advancement experience and accomplishments, having most recently served as Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement with responsibility for the advancement efforts at Boston College Law School. At BC, she participated in transforming the development program, which is currently half way to a $1.5 billion campaign goal. She also created BC's first planned giving program.

Since 2004, Lord has led the effort to achieve double digit increases in annual fund giving and capital pledges at the BC Law School. During the recent economic downturn, she succeeded in bringing in capital commitments that included $1.5 million, $3 million professorships, and a $3.2 million gift for loan repayment assistance for alumni pursuing lower paying, public interest professions. She also restructured the BC Law Alumni Association, and developed key leadership groups to help broaden meaningful participation of alumni in the life of the law school and in the campaign.

Lord's professional affiliations include membership in the Planned Giving Group of New England, the AALS Institutional Advancement Program Committee, CASE, the Friday Forum and Women in Development. She previously worked at Dana Farber Cancer Institute where she established planned giving programs, donor relations systems, and corporate giving and reunion programs.

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 us on Twitter @SimmonsCollege and @SimmonsNews.