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Cabrini University Appoints Helen Drinan Interim President – Loquitur

In a late afternoon email on May 6, Board Chair Amy Lambert announced that Helen DrinanMBA, will take over as interim president of the university.

Drinan will take office on May 23, the day after the university’s 2022 start.

Helen Drinan. Photo by Simmons University.

She comes from Simmons University, which is a school located in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a nationally ranked women’s college with 1,500 employees. Before retiring, Drinan served as president there for 12 years, from 2008 to 2020.

While at Simmons, Drinan made many achievements, a few of which resemble those of outgoing President Donald Taylor. As president, Simmons gained university status, simplified its academic structure to improve interdisciplinary studies at four colleges, welcomed the school’s two largest freshman classes in its history, and reconfigured its curriculum. undergraduate studies around leadership development. The appointment is temporary, as Cabrini’s politics prevent the interim candidate from being elevated to the presidency.

Drinan previously held positions such as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for BankBoston, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Caritas Christi Health Care, and President and CEO of the Society of Human Resources Management, which is the largest professional organization of human resources in the world.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Cabrini University as we search for the next president, and my husband David and I, along with our dog Kipper, are thrilled to join the university’s vibrant residential community” , Drinan said in the announcement.

Drinan was selected by the interim president selection committee, which is led by board member Eric Tidwell (’96). Dr. Paul Wright, chair of the faculty assembly, also served on the committee.

“As Cabrini faces financial challenges similar to those faced by small liberal arts institutions across the country, Helen’s gifts as a tax-conscious administrator are well complemented by her genuine commitment to liberal arts education in mission-oriented schools like ours. Helen will bring a responsive yet decisive leadership style to campus,” Wright said. “It’s a rare thing for a committee like ours and for feedback from other stakeholders to be so unanimous in favoring a candidate for such a role, but Helen was our obvious choice.”

There will be more to come as this is breaking news.

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