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Babson College will celebrate the inauguration of Kerry Murphy Healey as its new president on Friday, October 18, 2013. Healey, who assumed the presidency in July, is Babson’s 13th president and the College’s first woman president.
The inauguration festivities celebrate entrepreneurship, the world’s most positive force for economic and social good. The inauguration ceremony, which will commence at 2:30 p.m. on October 18, 2013, will feature greetings and presentations by members of the Babson community, as well as:
  • An invocation by Ambassador Swanee Hunt, former U.S. Ambassador to Austria, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy, and, along with President Healey, a co-chair of the Parity Project, a bi-partisan effort to increase women’s representation in high-level offices
  • Remarks by Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University and the Lincoln Professor of History in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • A keynote address by Raymond Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America
  • Greetings from a number of Babson partners, including Esta Stecher, Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs Bank USA, H. Kim Bottomly, President of Wellesley College, and Richard K. Miller, President of Olin College

The inauguration ceremony will take place on Babson’s Wellesley campus at 2:30 p.m. on October 18th and will be live streamed. More information on the inauguration can be found at

About Kerry Murphy Healey

Dr. Kerry Murphy Healey is internationally recognized for her nearly three decades of service in academia, government, and humanitarian work both in the United States and overseas. She took office as Babson’s first woman president on July 1, 2013.

Serving with distinction as the 70th lieutenant governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007, Dr. Healey worked to lead, enact and implement a wide range of policy and legislative initiatives for the Romney-Healey Administration. She co-chaired the state’s Regional Competitiveness Councils, which focused on coordinating economic development and increasing business competitiveness throughout Massachusetts. She led successful efforts to expand legal protection and services for victims of domestic violence and child abuse, increase penalties for drunken driving, and create recovery high schools to support education for formerly drug addicted youth. Dr. Healey also partnered with Governor Romney to craft Massachusetts’ first in the nation health care reform legislation.

In 2008, Dr. Healey was appointed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a founding member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. State Department’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan (PJRA), a position to which she was later reappointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As founder and president of the nonprofit that administers the PJRA’s rule-of-law programs, she helped Afghan lawyers attend top U.S. law schools to study human rights issues and commercial law and to establish Afghanistan’s first Law Review. As a trustee of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), she worked to secure scholarships for Afghan women and, in conjunction with Stanford Law School, to establish a law program at AUAF.

Dr. Healey has led numerous philanthropic initiatives including efforts to combat child homelessness with the National Center on Family Homelessness; delivering humanitarian aid to children and the elderly in Cuba; the Parity Project, a bipartisan effort to promote the election and appointment of women to high-level government offices; and training female parliamentarians in Afghanistan.

In 2010, Dr. Healey created and hosted Shining City, a television series showcasing New England’s cutting-edge scientific and social innovation which aired on NESN.

Prior to her public service, Dr. Healey worked for more than a decade as a public policy consultant to the United States Department of Justice for Cambridge-based think tank Abt Associates. Her research and published work focused on gang violence, drug abuse, child abuse and domestic violence. 

Dr. Healey holds an AB in government from Harvard College and a PhD in political science and law from Trinity College, Dublin. She has been a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. 

Dr. Healey and her husband, Sean, have two college-aged children.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society—while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. Visit


By Barbara Spies Blair,, 781-239-4621 | 10/11/2013 06:00