Dr. Kerry Healey took office as President of Babson College in July 2013, following three decades of service in academia, government and humanitarian work in the United States and internationally.
Healey is the thirteenth president of Babson College and the first woman to hold that position. Under her leadership, Babson has strengthened its reputation as the recognized global leader in entrepreneurship education, consistently ranked the No. 1 undergraduate school and No. 1 MBA program for entrepreneurship, and No. 1 for international students.
Healey has worked to expand global access to entrepreneurship education on campus and around the world. She created and launched Babson’s prestigious Global Scholars program, a full-tuition, need-based scholarship for exceptional international students. During her tenure, Babson has expanded its presence in Boston, Miami and Dubai, and brought free, online entrepreneurship courses to more than 150,000 students in 200 countries and territories worldwide. Through the creation of Babson Connect: Worldwide, the College’s annual entrepreneurship summit, President Healey has coalesced Babson’s global community of 41,000 alumni and friends in 119 countries.
Healey has presided over many Babson milestones: welcoming the most diverse and well-qualified students in Babson history, celebrating the historic successes of Babson Athletics, and taking unprecedented steps to enhance higher education access and affordability.
Under Healey’s leadership, Babson is preparing to commemorate its Centennial in 2019. The College’s Centennial Strategy is focused on preparing entrepreneurs of all kinds to lead in a new way, creating social and economic value simultaneously, and transforming lives, businesses, and communities for the better. To help achieve this vision, Babson is building a campus for its next 100 years, with several major construction projects underway.
Prior to Babson, Healey served with distinction as the 70th lieutenant governor of Massachusetts. During that time, she introduced, enacted and implemented a range of policy and legislative initiatives for the Romney-Healey administration, highlighted by a successful bi-partisan effort to craft first-in-the-nation health care reform legislation.
Healey has led numerous philanthropic initiatives in the United States and abroad. In 2008, she was appointed as a founding member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. State Department’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. She also spent more than a decade as a public policy consultant to the United States Department of Justice for Cambridge-based think tank Abt Associates. She has been a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership.
Healey is a trustee of the American University of Afghanistan and the Prince Mohamad Bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum expert network. She serves on the advisory boards of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and is a member of the advisory council for Concordia.
Healey holds an AB in government from Harvard College and a PhD in political science and law from Trinity College, Dublin.