Simmons School of Management Update

June 08, 2015

A Message from Dean Cathy Minehan

Dear SOM alumnae/i and friends,

It has been an exciting end of the semester. First and most important, at Commencement this year we graduated 86 students in the School’s various graduate programs, on campus and off-site, and 33 undergraduate business majors. It was a thrill to shake each and every hand as they walked across the stage at the College’s graduation ceremony. I had the pleasure of getting to know many of them through the Management Liaison Club, which is comprised of motivated and amazing undergraduates, and through the graduate course in business, government, and the global economy (fondly known as “Big E”), which I co-taught this academic year. 

Mary Ellen Eagen ’02SM was selected as the recipient of the 2015 Phyllis Rappaport Alumnae Achievement Award. She was selected by SOM alumnae/i in honor of her “significant deeds and accomplishments which have helped further the School’s tradition of creating broader opportunities for women.” Mary Ellen is president, CEO, and chair of HMMH, an environmental consulting firm that is very active in the transportation industry. Mary Ellen gave a very engaging speech, with a most memorable quote on the need to be patient with oneself, saying, “That’s not a ME problem, it’s a YOU problem.”

I’m pleased to share news about our exciting new partnership with 2U. The company will be our partner in providing technological support, and marketing, and admission services as we develop fully online MBA and MBA in health care degrees. 2U has worked with the Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences and the School of Social Work with great success developing high quality online degrees in for family nurse practitioners and masters of social work students, bringing in hundreds of students nationwide to the College’s programs over the last couple of years.

Now it is our turn at the SOM and we are jumping in with both feet to learn the process and develop our own online degrees. While it is true that there are many online MBA programs, the opportunities presented by the 2U platform and methodology could enable us to really shine with a distinctive, excellent offering.

Have a great summer everyone, and stay tuned for more hot news from the SOM.


Cathy Minehan ’99HD
Dean, School of Management