Board of Trustees

Simmons Trustees are the ultimate fiduciaries of Simmons University. They oversee all of Simmons’s institutional affairs in accordance with the University's charter, bylaws, evolving statements of mission and purpose, and strategic plan.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for governance of the University and for monitoring the implementation of its policies, as distinguished from its day-to-day management or administration, which is the responsibility of the President and other administrative officers of the University.

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Chair, Board of Trustees

Education
BA, Oxford College
MA, Oxford College
AB, Harvard University
JD, Georgetown University

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Chairman Emeritus, Goodwin Procter LLP

Education
BA in Economics, Simmons University

BOT Committees
Finance Committee
Investment Committee

BOT End Date
6/30/2024

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Education
BS in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
MBA, Simmons University

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Non-Executive Director, LaSalle Hotel Properties
Non-Executive Director, Enlivant
Director, University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation
Member, Advisory Board, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Hotel Travel Management
Member, Board of Directors, Big Sister Association of Boston

BOT Committee
Facilities Committee, Chair
Executive Committee
Trusteeship and Governance Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2020

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BOT Committee
Trusteeship and Governance Committee
Executive Development and Compensation Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2023

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Education
BA, Simmons University

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Co-Founder and Facilitator, IDEALS@WORK
Advisor, Doc Buyers Fund, Hawaii Community Foundation

BOT Committees
Executive Development and Compensation
Committee, Chair
Audit Committee
Executive Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2020

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Education
BA, Simmons University

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Event Planner
Member, Board of Advisors, Legal Aid Society

BOT Committee
Advancement Committee, Chair
Executive Committee
Facilities Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2021

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Education
MBA, Simmons University '78
MS in Library Science, Simmons University '75
BA, Mt. Holyoke College

Current Position
President, Simmons University

BOT Committees
Executive Committee

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Education:
B.A., University of Washington
M.A., University of Washington

Job Title/Current Affiliations:
Chief Leadership Officer, Levo
Member, Women’s Forum New York
Member, Delta Sigma Theta
Board Member, National Board Development Committee for Girl Scouts of America
Board Member, Harlem 4 Kids
Board Member, Students First New York

BOT Committee(s):
Advancement Committee
Educational Stewardship

BOT Term end date
6/30/2022

Trustee Eckert headshot

Education
BS, Fashion institute of Technology
MSW, Simmons University 

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Founder, Boston Post Adoption Resources

BOT Committees
Trusteeship and Governance Committee
Educational Stewardship Committee
Executive Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2020

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Education
BA, Duke University
Master’s degree, Boston University
MBA, Simmons University

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Partner, CFO, and CCO, Monitor Clipper Partners

BOT Committees
Investment Committee Chair
Audit Committee
Finance Committee

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2021

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Education
BA in Management, Simmons University
BA in Accounting, Simmons University

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Member, American Institute of CPAs
Member, CSCPA
Volunteer, Charlotte Country Day School
Volunteer, Druid HIll Academy
Volunteer, Second Harvest Food Bank

BOT Committee
Audit Committee Chair
Executive Development and Compensation Committees
Executive Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2019

Education
BA in Management and Communications, Simmons University
MBA, Howard University

BOT Committees
Advancement Committee
Educational Stewardship Committee

BOT End Date
6/30/2024

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Education
BA, History, University of Colorado

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Board Member, Moses Brown School
Board Member, RISD and RISD Museum of Art
Board Member, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Board Member, CYS Investments
Member, Boston Economic Club
Member, State of RI, State Investment Commission

BOT Committees
Audit Committee
Finance Committee, Chair
Facilities Committee
Executive Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2021

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Education:
B.A., Smith College
AAS in Interior Design, NY School of Interior Design

Job Title/Current Affiliations:
Associate Member, American Society of Interior Designers
Junior League of Westchester on the Sound
Board Member, Elisa Monte Dance
Founding Board Member, Secretary; President, Chair of Campaign for Westchester Children's Museum

BOT Committee(s):
Advancement Committee
Educational Stewardship Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2022

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Education
Simmons University

BOT Committee
Advancement Committee
Educational Stewardship Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2021

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Education
BA in Journalism, University of Texas at Austin
MBA, Simmons University

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Managing Director, Golden Seeds, LLC
Life Overseer, New England Conservatory
Judge, Mass Challenge
Judge, Harvard Business School's "New Ventures" competition
Liff Committee, Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Founding Board Member, Sheen Performing Arts Center, NYC

BOT Committees
Audit Committee
Trusteeship and Governance Committee
Executive Development & Compensation Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2022

Headshot of Jeffrey Singer

BOT Committees
Finance Committee
Investment Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2023

Education
BA, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
MD, Wake Forest University Medical School

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Director, Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO)
Professor, Pediatrics, Columbia University
Trustee, The Marine Biological Laboratory
Member, American Medical Association 
Board Member, Meals on Wheels

BOT Committees
Advancement Committee
Educational Stewardship Committee
Faculty Review Committee

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2021

Education
BS in Journalism, University of Kansas
JD, Georgetown University
ThM, Union Theological Seminary, Harvard University

BOT Committees
Finance Committee
Investment Committee

BOT End Date 
6/30/2024

Headshot of Winston Tabb

Education
BA, Oklahoma Baptist University
MA, Harvard University
MLS, Simmons University

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums at John Hopkins University
Board Member, Hathi Trust
Board Member, Electronic Info for Libraries
Board Member, Ivy & Library Directors
Board Member, Digital Preservation Network
Board Member, Academic Preservation Trust
Board Member, Council on Library & Info Resources

BOT Committee
Educational Stewardship Committee Chair
Executive Committee
Faculty Review Committee, Chair
Trusteeship and Governance Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2020

Headshot of Pamela Toulopoulos

Education
BA, Education, Simmons University

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Co-Owner, JVT Realty, Arlington
Corporator, Cambridge Financial Group
Member, Simmons University Alumnae Executive Board
Member, Harvard Business Association
Member, Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Member, Hellenic Women's Benevolent Association

BOT Committees
Facilities Committee
Trusteeship and Governance Committee, Chair
Executive Committee
Faculty Review

BOT Term end date
6/30/2022