President Lynn Perry Wooten

Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten is the ninth president of Simmons University.

President Lynn Perry Wooten standing on stairs.

A Message from President Lynn Perry Wooten

I am honored to be the ninth president of Simmons University, an institution with a rich tradition of empowering women-centered leaders and social justice champions.

At Simmons, our mission is to provide transformative learning experiences that link passion with lifelong purpose and everyday leadership. During this pivotal moment, I believe a Simmons education – with its unique focus on liberal arts and professional preparation – has never been more important.

Our students, faculty, staff, and alumnae/I are committed to addressing today’s challenges through their learning, teaching, research, scholarship, and service. I feel a deep sense of gratitude to be part of this extraordinary community as we work together to shape the next chapter in Simmons history and continue the hard work of creating a more just world.

Ninth President Lynn Perry Wooten

Insights from President Wooten

Watch as President Lynn Perry Wooten shares her perspective on the magic of Simmons, the power of the Simmons alumnae/i network, her experience in higher education, and on making history as Simmons University's first African American president.

Watch Now

Lynn Perry Wooten

About the President

Learn more about President Lynn Perry Wooten.

Lynn Perry Wooten

President Wooten's Everyday Leadership™ Practices

This material is based upon the research of President Wooten and was first presented at the 2021 Virtual Gallup at Work Summit.

Everyday Leadership™

Ninth President Lynn Perry Wooten


Read about President Wooten's research-in-progress and research interests.


Simmons University Main College Building's cupola with the Boston city skyline in the background

President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The President’s Advisory Council will advance Simmons’ more than 120-year commitment to women-centered education and leadership, and provide the framework for the Simmons community to tackle issues of equity, and social and racial justice through learning, scholarship, teaching and service.

Advisory Council

Simmons University Main College Building in the fall

Organizational Culture, Inclusion & Equity

Simmons is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual’s community experience. Our values, vision and mission mandate that we strive to create an environment that is free from bias, prejudice, discrimination and hurtful/hateful acts that can prevent each member from thriving in the Simmons community.

Learn more about OCIE

About Lynn

Headshot of President Lynn Perry Wooten

In the News

See the latest news featuring President Lynn Perry Wooten, as well as access a Press Toolkit.

Front of the Main College Building

Statements and Communications

Read President Wooten's statements and messages to the community.

President Wooten

10 Questions with President Wooten

President Lynn Perry Wooten shares her thoughts on the state of higher education in the midst of the global pandemic and national conversation about race.

The cupola at Simmons University

Past Presidents

Since our founding in 1899, Simmons University has had only 8 presidents. Learn more about the past presidents of Simmons.