Simmons Chief of Staff
Location: Main College Building — C202
Lynda M. Connolly was named Chief of Staff for Simmons College President Helen Drinan in 2014, and serves as Director of the Simmons College Pre-Law Program. Judge Connolly was Chief Justice of the District Court in Massachusetts from 2004 until 2013, and served as co-chair of the Trial Court’s Fiscal Task Force, its Court Relocation Committee, and as chair of the Supreme Judicial Court’s Budget Advisory Committee. She began her career as a Special Prosecutor in the Major Violator’s Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and has been an adjunct faculty member at Suffolk University Law School, New England School of Law, and Boston College. Judge Connolly is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and Boston College Law School.
John F. Dolan
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Location: Main College Building — W105D
John F. Dolan, Vice President for Enrollment Management, joined Simmons in 2014. An experienced higher education enrollment professional, Dolan previously served in various enrollment management and advancement positions at Le Moyne College, Drexel University, and LaSalle University, and the University of Denver. His expertise and thought leadership has been highlighted in numerous media outlets including the BBC, National Public Radio, Good Morning America, CNN, and The Washington Post. Dolan holds a B.A. in education from Benedictine College; an M.A. in education from the University of Denver; and an Ed.D. in education from Drexel University.
Vice President, Communications, Diversity & Inclusion
Location: Main College Building — E108
Cheryl Howard, Vice President, Communications, Diversity & Inclusion, joined Simmons in 2007. For the previous 23 years, Howard served in a number of national and international marketing, brand, and customer relations positions at The Gillette Company and at Digital Equipment Corporation. In her last assignment at Gillette, she was vice president for personal care, a $450-million division of the company. She also has taught marketing, consumer behavior, and advertising courses at the graduate and undergraduate level at colleges in the Boston area. Howard holds a B.A. from Simmons college, as well as a D.B.A. and M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Location: Main College Building — C219B
Stefan Krug, MSW, Ph.D., served as Dean of the Simmons College School of Social Work (SSW) from 2007 until 2014. He provided leadership for the BSW, MSW, and PhD degree programs and was responsible for the School of Social Work's strategic planning, faculty hiring, budget management, as well as oversight of curriculum development, administration of student services, admissions, field education, and special programs. As Dean, Dr. Krug had oversight of all activities related to regional and disciplinary accreditation for the School of Social Work. He began his service at the Simmons SSW in 1989 and served in the Field Education Department, as Assistant Professor, Doctoral Program Director, Chair of the Clinical Practice Sequence, Associate Professor, Professor, and Associate Dean. His previous practice as a social worker focused on children, adolescents, and families. Among the courses Dr. Krug has taught are: Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Leadership Skills for Social Work Practice, Social Work Practice, and Qualitative Research Methods. Dr. Krug's professional service includes membership on the editorial board and as consulting editor for the Journal of Ethics and Behavior and Family and Society, respectively; as a Council for Social Work Education certified site visitor; founding member of the Center for Social Work Research & Practice. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Council on Social Work Education.
Vice President of Advancement
Marianne E. Lord was appointed Vice President of Advancement in 2011. A longtime leader in institutional advancement and philanthropy, Lord most recently served as associate dean of Institutional Advancement at Boston College Law School. At BC, she participated in transforming the development program, restructuring the BC Law Alumni Association, and creating BC's first planned giving program. Lord is a member of numerous professional associations, including the Planned Giving Group of New England, the Association of American Law Schools' Institutional Advancement Program Committee, the Friday Forum and Women in Development. Prior to BC, she worked at Dana Farber Cancer Institute where she developed a new program as the director of trust and estate gift plans, and helped to plan and execute four major capital campaigns. Lord holds a B.A. and M.A. from Boston College.
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Simmons Online
Suzie Murphy is Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Simmons Online, appointed in 2010 to ensure success of Strategy 2015 initiatives. Prior to coming to Simmons, she was special assistant to the president at Emmanuel College and was an adjunct faculty member in their Graduate and Professional Programs. Murphy's experience spans multiple industries from financial services, to management consulting, to higher education. Previous companies and positions include Monitor, a Cambridge-based strategy consulting firm specializing in top management issues most critical to long-term competitiveness. At Monitor, Murphy was a member of the Global Human Assets Team, focused on talent management and leadership development. At Arthur Andersen, a former big 5 consulting firm, she was a Manager in their Change Management practice, focused primarily on the financial services industry. Murphy sits on the board of directors for a nonprofit, Delta Projects. She has done both volunteer work and fund raising for the American Red Cross and Best Buddies. Murphy holds a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from the Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Location: Main College Building — C211
Sarah Neill is the Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost. Focused on improving the student experience at Simmons since arriving in 1998, she previously served as Associate Dean and then Dean for Student Life. Prior to her tenure at Simmons, Neill served as assistant dean at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and has additional student affairs experience working at Smith College and Lesley and Bentley Universities. Neill has also chaired the New England Associate Student Affairs Think Tank, comprised of deans from a range of colleges and universities from the New England region. She also is the recipient of the 2004 Award for Professional Excellence from the Massachusetts Association for Women in Education. Neill holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration
Location: Main College Building — C115E
Donna Ng, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, joined Simmons in 2015. An expert in higher education finance and business, Ng will lead the development, implementation, and administration of policies, procedures, and services for finance and accounting, investments, capital structure planning, cash and debt management, information technology, public safety, and facilities. Ng previously was Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer at Scripps College, responsible for accounting, budget, investments, human resources, physical plant and facilities, real estate, emergency preparedness, grounds, dining services, and administrative information technology. She also has served as Senior Associate Provost for Budget and Planning at Wellesley College and Budget Director at Babson College. Ng holds a B.S. in accounting from Boston College, and an MBA from Babson College.
Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President of Administration
Location: Lefavour Hall — 331B
Debra Orr, Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Associate Vice President of Administration, has worked at Simmons since 2010; she assumed the role of Associate Vice President of Administration in 2015. As CIO at Simmons, Orr contributed to many important changes in Information Technology (IT), including identifying 2U, as a potential partner for Simmons’s online programs, her leadership in the launch of the College’s new dynamic website, and the transition to Workday, a cutting-edge business process platform now utilized by Simmons. Prior to coming to the College, Orr had accrued more than 20 years of senior management experience in business and higher education. At Fidelity Investments, Orr served as Vice President, where she led IT efforts for a start-up business at Fidelity Capital. While at Harvard University, Orr was the Executive Director of IT services for the Faculties of Arts and Sciences. Orr holds a B.A. from Boston College in Business and Computer Science.
Vice President and General Counsel
Location: Main College Building — C208
Kathy Rogers is Vice President and General Counsel at Simmons. She joined Simmons in 2002 as General Counsel and was promoted to Vice President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees in 2007. Previously, she was a partner at the Boston law firm of Yurko & Perry, and served as a business litigator at Hutchins, Wheeler & Dittmar, and at Widett, Slater & Goldman. Before joining Simmons, Rogers advised and represented numerous Boston-area colleges and universities in litigation and risk management, particularly in cases involving disability and employment law issues. She writes and speaks on disability and higher education issues and was named an In-House Leader in the Law in 2010 by Lawyers Weekly. She has a B.A. from Regis College and a J.D. from Northeastern University.