1979 Presidential Inauguration Exhibit--Sr. Janet Eisner, SND

Mass. Decree of Congatulations. Sep. 15, 1979Sr. Janet Eisner Inauguration Invitation, 1979Emmanuel News, Oct. 1979

Sr. Janet Eisner, appointed Acting President in November 1978, was officially elected the twelfth President of Emmanuel College in May 1979 and sworn into office on September 15, 1979. Sr. Janet’s tenure has been marked consistently by leadership and community building.  Her first official initiative in January 1979 was to convene a conference of faculty senate members, department chairs, and other members of the Emmanuel community at the Notre Dame Conference Center at Wenham, Massachusetts.  The Wenham Conference focused on the future of the College, its students and programs, and was followed by planning days in which the entire College participated.   In 1996, Sr. Janet’s vision became the impetus for the founding of the Colleges of the Fenway, a collaboration of six neighboring Boston-based colleges working together to “enhance the student and faculty environments of our individual institutions while retaining the unique and special qualities of each of our schools.”  During the 1999-2000 academic year, Sr. Janet led administrators and faculty on the College’s Task Force on Emmanuel’s Future Today, which culminated in a vote of the Board of Trustees to admit men into the undergraduate programs.

Under Sr. Janet’s presidency, the Emmanuel campus has grown to include: the renovation of Marian Hall as a Science Center in 1987; the building of an improved technology infrastructure for greater internet access in partnership with IBM in 1994-1995; renovation of the College Chapel in 1998;  a creative partnership with Merck Laboratories in 2000; the buy-back of Julie Hall from Beth Israel Hospital in 2002; the dedication of the Jean Yawkey Student Center in 2004; and in 2009, dedication of  the new Wilkins Science Center and a creative collaboration with  the City of Boston to develop Clemente Field. Between 2009 and 2013, a four-phase renovation of the landmark 1914 Administration Building was completed.
This online exhibit contains correspondences, newspapers and newsletters from various collections containing material related to the appointment of Sr. Janet Eisner as Acting President and President of Emmanuel College. It also contains ephemera (e.g. invitations, programs, and other items) related to and from the inauguration ceremony.