The Search for Our Next President

In October 2021, Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN, announced her intention to conclude her 43-year tenure as President of Emmanuel College. The Board of Trustees is now conducting a national search for her successor – a dynamic leader committed to advancing the College as a transformative force in the lives of students and in our society.


Presidential Leadership Profile

The position description for the President of Emmanuel College reflects the input of the Search Committee and the College community.

View The Presidential Prospectus (PDF)

Presidential Search Committee

The purpose of the committee is to lead and manage the search process and, with the assistance of the College’s consultant partners from AGB Search, to identify, recruit and recommend to the Board of Trustees the strongest possible candidates for the presidency. The members of the Presidential Search Committee are broadly representative of the Emmanuel College Community.

Nancy Kleniewski, Ph.D. ’70 Co-Chair of the Search Committee and Trustee; President Emerita, State University of New York at Oneonta
Margaret L. McKenna ’83 Co-Chair of the Search Committee and Chair of Board of Trustees; Senior Advisor, Fidelity Investments
Christopher Borges, Ph.D. ’10 Trustee; Senior Principal Scientist, Cell and Genome Engineering, Sanofi
Sister Mary Farren, SNDdeN ’69 Trustee; Provincial Leadership Team, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur – East-West Province
Josef Kurtz, Ph.D. Vice President of Academic Affairs
Sheilah Shaw Horton, Ph.D. ’81 Trustee; Vice President and Dean of Students, Wellesley College
Thomas J. Hynes, Jr Vice Chair of Board of Trustees; Co-Chairman, Colliers International
William Leonard, Ph.D. Associate Professor of History
Eileen Milien Class of 2022
Erin Farmer Noonan Vice President of Human Resources, Risk Management and Compliance; Title IX Coordinator
Ana Otero, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer of Biology
Candace A. Race Trustee; Marketing Executive
Kathy Soles, M.F.A. '73 Professor of Art

Search Firm

The College has partnered with AGB Search to assist in identifying and recruiting presidential candidates.

Learn more about AGB Search

Communications and Updates

April 26, 2022
Presidential Search Update from Search Committee Co-Chairs

An update on the Presidential Search from Committee Co-Chairs Margaret L. McKenna ’83 and Nancy Kleniewski, Ph.D. ’70.


February 28, 2022
Presidential Search Webpage Launched

Emmanuel’s nationwide search for highly qualified presidential candidates is officially under way. To assist this effort, we have created a Presidential Search webpage where you can find updates on the search process, along with information about the Search Committee and our executive search consultancy, AGB Search.


February 9, 2022
Appointment of Presidential Search Committee

Since Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN, announced her intention to conclude her 43-year tenure as President of Emmanuel College, the Board of Trustees has begun a national search for her successor. This appointment is among the Board’s most important responsibilities, and we are committed to ensuring a search process that is thoughtful, thorough and inclusive. To advance these aims, the Board has established a Presidential Search Committee comprising individuals from across the Emmanuel College community.


January 19, 2022
Emmanuel College Presidential Search | Update from Board Chair Margaret L. McKenna ’83

Margaret L. McKenna ’83, Chair of the Emmanuel College Board of Trustees, shares and update about the presidential search process.


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