May 20, 2019
The "Heart and Soul" of Emmanuel College: President Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN Featured in Boston Globe

President Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN's 40 years of leading Emmanuel College is featured in the Boston Globe in a story by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Thomas Farragher.

As the longest-serving woman college president in the country, her continuing legacy as a leader, educator and businesswoman has been defined by a faith-filled vision and a bold entrepreneurial spirit. Under her leadership, Emmanuel today is thriving as it celebrates its Centennial year.

"You need look not much further than recent Globe headlines about higher education tumult to know that in her field, Sister Janet Eisner is a unicorn. A rare breed. A patch of blue in otherwise stormy skies."

Read full Boston Globe article: Sister Janet Eisner has been the heart and soul of Emmanuel College—for 40 years »

Learn more about upcoming events to celebrate Sister Janet's 40th anniversary as president and Emmanuel's Centennial year at

Emmanuel College President Sr. Janet Eisner, SNDdeN stands among students in the Jean Yawkey Center Photo credit: John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

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