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Mass. Supreme Judicial Court Names Simmons College President Helen Drinan to Distinguished Court Advisory Board

BOSTON (October 15, 2010) — Simmons College President Helen G. Drinan, a respected leader in the Boston health care and business industries, has been named to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Management Advisory Board, a highly distinguished advisory group to the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court and the Chief Justice for Administration and Management on court management reforms, including the efficient allocation of resources. Drinan's three-year appointment is effective immediately.

 "I am extremely proud to have been asked to serve the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in this capacity," said President Drinan. "Giving back to the community is a deeply held belief of mine, and part of the mission of Simmons College, and I am looking forward to working with the other members of this group to assist with this very important work."

The Advisory Board consists of a designee from the office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, the executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance, and other members with specific areas of expertise appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court.  The Board also includes individuals with significant experience in public administration, business administration, and information technology. Additionally, appointees include lawyers with significant experience in criminal law, civil law, probate and family law, and the representation of juveniles in the courts, as well as a lawyer with significant judicial experience who is not a current justice. 

Among others appointed to the Board are Honorable John J. Curran, Jr., a retired First Justice of the Leominster District Court; Ralph C. Martin II, Esq., the managing partner of the Boston office of Bingham McCutchen, and the former district attorney for Suffolk County, from 1992 - 2002. William J. Dailey, Jr., Esq., senior partner at the Boston law firm, Sloane and Walsh, LLP, where he specializes in civil litigation; and Ruth Ellen Fitch, Esq., the president and chief executive officer of the Dimock Community Health Center.
Drinan became president of Simmons College in July 2008, after serving as a member of the Simmons College Board of Trustees since 2003, and board chair since 2007. She is an alumna of two Simmons graduate programs: the Simmons School of Management and the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Drinan previously worked for nearly two decades at BankBoston Corporation and for several years as senior vice president of Human Resources at Caritas Christi Health Care System, the second largest health care system in New England. While at Caritas, she was recognized for cultivating a culture focused on inclusion and respect. Additionally, Drinan has served on the board of directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts since 1995, and was president of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world's largest professional association devoted to human resource management, from 2000 to 2002.

Simmons College is a pioneering, nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston.  It offers an 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.