Dr. Healey's selection follows a rigorous search process, which featured significant input from Babson students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. To ensure the community's voice was heard throughout the search process, the Presidential Search Committee held on-campus listening sessions, web chats, and provided an online form for members of the Babson community and beyond to provide input on the qualities and characteristics the committee should seek in identifying the next Babson president. As a result of considerable input from the Babson community and the intensive efforts of the committee, a rich pool of talented candidates was identified. Ultimately more than 170 candidates were considered for the presidency. That list featured candidates from academia, business, government, and beyond and included individuals identified by the Committee, members of the Babson community, and Korn/Ferry International, the search firm working with the College. The Presidential Search Committee was chaired by Trustee and former New Hampshire governor Craig Benson, a 1977 graduate of Babson College and a member of the College's Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs, and was comprised of trustees, faculty, and staff who were appointed based on their breadth of expertise and knowledge of Babson and the qualities required of its next president.
"Dr. Healey is a leader in both thought and action," said Benson. "As a former governor, I have a special appreciation for how Dr. Healey helped successfully lead a 60,000 person operation and a budget which exceeded 25 billion dollars. She was effective by breaking down silos, working with people from different backgrounds and creating innovative approaches to address some of the Commonwealth's biggest challenges including drug abuse, homelessness, educational excellence and recidivism. In fact, many of the programs she helped create have served as national models. I am thrilled that she now joins Babson to lead the College as it prepares for its centennial in 2019."
Raised in Florida, Dr. Healey attended Harvard College on a substantial scholarship going on to earn her Ph.D. at Trinity College, Dublin, as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar. From an early age she understood the intrinsic link between education and opportunity and throughout her career has worked tirelessly to pursue excellence in education and support financial aid and scholarship programs for students. In fact, under the Romney-Healey Administration, Massachusetts' schools were ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in both English and Math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The Romney-Healey Administration also established the John and Abigail Adams Scholarships to provide greater access to public higher education for Massachusetts' top students. Further, Dr. Healey led a bi-partisan effort with former State Senator Steven Tolman to found three Recovery High Schools to support education for formerly drug-addicted youths.
Dr. Healey assumed a broad range of responsibilities as Lt. Governor, including leading the administration's successful efforts to combat drunken driving, address homelessness, and increase penalties for perpetrators of child abuse, gang violence, sexual assault and domestic violence. She was the point person responsible for working with mayors and town leaders in 351 municipalities. She also partnered with Gov. Romney to craft first in the nation health care reform legislation. Prior to entering public service, Dr. Healey worked for more than a decade as public policy consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice for the Cambridge-based think tank, Abt Associates, Inc.Dr. Healey's commitment to fighting homelessness, which began with her establishment of Massachusetts' first Interagency Council on Homelessness, has been recognized both locally and nationally by Housing Families, Inc., Wellspring Inc. and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which awarded her the "A Home for Every American" Award in 2006. Her international humanitarian work has been recognized by the Red Cross (International Hero Award, 2012) and Empower Peace/Women2Women which honored her with the "Torchbearer Award" in 2011 for advancing the status of women worldwide. Dr. Healey is a regular contributor to public radio, with commentaries appearing on WGBH's Local Voices and WBUR's Cognoscenti on-line opinion page. In 2010, she was the creator and host of Shining City, a television series showcasing New England's cutting-edge scientific and social innovation which aired on NESN.