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Simmons School of Management Alumna Receives Prestigious Award

BOSTON (September 16, 2009) — Simmons School of Management alumna Gretchen Fox recently received the 24th annual Phyllis Rappaport Alumnae Achievement Award. The award is presented to a School of Management alumna whose significant deeds and accomplishments exemplify the school's tradition of educating women for leadership.

Fox has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate and relocation project management industry. After receiving her MBA from Simmons in 1987, she founded FOX RPM Corporation in 1988 from her home in Lexington, Mass. Fox RPM has grown to serve some of the region's most well-known companies — Staples, Sovereign Bank, and Fidelity Investments — and has offices in Buffalo N.Y., Providence R.I., and Washington D.C., with headquarters in Boston.

In 1999, Fox was recognized by New England Women Business Owners as Business Woman of the Year, and in 2003 the Women's Business Enterprise National Council named Fox a Women-Owned Business Star. She also was named one of the top 10 bosses by the same organization in 2006.

The Phyllis Rappaport Alumnae Achievement Award was established in 1985 through a gift from Jerry Rappaport to honor his wife, Phyllis Rappaport, a member of the first Simmons MBA graduating class in 1975. The award honors an SOM alumna whose accomplishments have brought credit and honor to the Simmons School of Management and whose work helps to advance women in the business community.

The Simmons School of Management is the only AACSB-accredited business school designed specifically for women. The school is committed to advancing women of diverse backgrounds into leadership positions. Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston.

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