Simmons University has received First-gen Forward Designation in recognition of its commitment to first generation student success. The First-gen Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education who have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. Selected institutions receive professional development, community-building experiences, and a first look at the Center’s research and resources.
Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten has been unanimously selected to serve as Simmons University’s ninth president, effective July 1, 2020. Dr. Wooten will succeed Helen G. Drinan, who ends her term in June after serving as Simmons’ president for the past 12 years. Simmons University offers the only undergraduate program for women in Boston and numerous nationally recognized graduate programs open to all.
Simmons University will honor the late journalist Gwen Ifill, one of the institution’s most distinguished alumnae, with a “Gwen Ifill USPS Stamp Celebration: Honor and Action” event on February 4, 2020.
During the event, there will be an unveiling of the new 43rd postage stamp in the Black Heritage Series for the Simmons community, which features the trailblazing journalist. Attendees will also have the opportunity to honor Ifill’s legacy by participating in a “Reasons to Write” session, where they can write messages to friends, mentors, alumnae, civic leaders, and members of the community using the new Gwen Ifill Forever Stamps.