Helen G.  Drinan

Helen G. Drinan

Helen G. Drinan is the eighth President of Simmons College. During the past five years, she has used her leadership experience to guide the institution to a position of competitive strength financially, academically, and operationally. An alumna of the Simmons School of Management and the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, her relationship with Simmons spans nearly four decades. Since assuming the presidency of Simmons College, Ms. Drinan has been recognized by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts as a Leading Woman (2013), by Woman LEAD as a “Woman Who Leads in Academia and Inspires Others” (2013), and by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as a Pinnacle Award Recipient for Excellence in Arts & Education (2012). Ms. Drinan is dedicated to women’s education as a pathway to successful women leaders. In addition to her work at Simmons, Ms. Drinan is a member of several organizations working to empower women including 2020 Women on Boards, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of women on U.S. public boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020; the Massachusetts Women’s Forum; and the Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees.