Senior Leadership

Ninth President Lynn Perry Wooten

Lynn Perry Wooten

President

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Russell Pinizzotto

Interim Provost

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Renique Kersh

Vice President for Student Affairs

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Renique Kersh, Ph.D., is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Kersh is an outstanding leader in higher education with a strong commitment to putting students at the center of important institutional decisions. Her experience both in academic and student affairs provides her with a broad understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing students and higher education institutions and positions her well to lead institutional efforts. As a leader in student success and the student experience, Dr. Kersh is responsible for providing a vision and engaging university stakeholders in the critical and collaborative work required to ensure that students are transformed by their experiences both in- and out- of the classroom. She has led retention and student success efforts at a variety of institutions resulting in retention gains, reductions in equity gaps, reductions in barriers to student success, increases in engagement for underrepresented students in undergraduate research and service learning experiences and the merging of academic support and career services to increase efficiency and level of service delivery. Dr. Kersh earned her B.A. in Communications from Oakland University, her M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland and her Ph.D. in Community Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

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Suzanne Murphy

Vice President and Chief People Officer

Location: A-215D
Phone: 617-521-2071
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Suzie Murphy, Vice President and Chief People Officer, joined Simmons in 2010.  She was named Vice President of Strategic Initiatives to ensure success of Strategy 2015 and lead the Simmons' foray into online learning. She oversaw major organizational redesign and spearheaded the Simmons Experience Program, an initiative focused on improving student retention through improved faculty, staff and student experiences and engagement.  President Wooten named Suzie her Chief People officer in 2020 to lead HR innovation and create the Simmons workforce of the future.  Prior 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 sat on the board of directors for a nonprofit, Delta Projects, from 2005 to 2016 . She has done both volunteer work and fund raising for the American Red Cross and Best Buddies. She is a certified Gallup Strengths coach, a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership, and a member of the Boston Club.  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. 

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Laura Brink Pisinski

Vice President of University Real Estate Development and Facilities Management

Location: Main College Building — A-240
Phone: 617-521-2127
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Laura Brink Pisinski ’06MS is Vice President of University Real Estate Development and Facilities Management. Her teams are responsible for facilities and auxiliary services, conferences and events and public safety.

Primarily focused on efforts to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the campus physical plant through real estate deployment, facility renovation and utilization and institutional master planning, she also maintains significant relationships with key donors and University volunteers. In addition, Brink Pisinski leads the 13- member Simmons University COVID-19 Recovery Task Force.

During 16 years of service to Simmons, Brink Pisinski has held positions of increasing responsibility and scope. She started as a front-line fundraiser and over 11 years advanced ultimately to the position of Associate Vice President of Advancement. Following a successful career in fundraising, she served as the Chief of Staff to President Drinan, and was appointed to lead the One Simmons campus plan. She continues to oversee that $450 million initiative, the biggest real estate and master planning project in Simmons’ history.

Before coming to Simmons, Brink Pisinski worked in enrollment management, where she chaired the annual meeting for the New England Association of College Admission Counselors for two years as well as a presidential task force on retention. She holds a B.A. from St. Lawrence University and a master’s degree in communications management from Simmons University.

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Kathy Rogers

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Location: Main College Building — A-C230
Phone: 617-521-2276
Fax: 617-521-3065
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Kathy Rogers is Senior 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.