Pine Manor College Names New President

 May 24, 2016

Business Leader and Former Boston School Committee President Thomas M. O’Reilly to lead the 105-year-old College

Chestnut Hill, MA – The Board of Trustees of Pine Manor College has announced that Thomas M. O’Reilly has been selected as President of Pine Manor College.

 Left to right: President-elect Tom O’Reilly, Interim President Rosemary Ashby and Board Chair Rob Utzschneider

Board Chair Rob Utzschneider said O’Reilly was chosen for his track record in leading complex organizations through significant transformational change by building collaboration, communication, and trust among stakeholders. O’Reilly is also known for his demonstrated strong leadership in challenging environments, in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and as an elected member of the Boston School Committee. He succeeds Dr. Rosemary Ashby, who has served as Interim President since July 2015.

“Tom quickly grasped Pine Manor’s mission of serving under-resourced students by building on the College’s core strengths in preparing graduates for successful careers, with an initial focus on Healthcare Delivery and the Biomedical Sciences,” said Utzschneider. “He has a 30-year-record of contributing significant time and effort to providing better educational opportunities for disadvantaged young people. He has long demonstrated strong leadership skills and acumen in organizational development, operational excellence, financial soundness, and fund raising. We are very excited that he is joining Pine Manor.”

O’Reilly joins Pine Manor following a business career serving in leadership positions for a number of significant Massachusetts organizations, including most recently Autopart International, Sager Electronics, and 15 years in Boston’s commercial banking industry. He also has a distinguished record of community service, serving as a trustee for a number of institutions, including Catholic Charities, the World Peace Foundation, and the Boston Latin School Association.

"I have great admiration for the commitment the College has shown to diversifying the student body,” said President-elect O’Reilly, who served on the Pine Manor Board of Trustees, from 2000-2001. “These young people are the future of our community and they need and deserve the resources and tools that Pine Manor can deliver with its incredible 10 to 1 student-to-teacher ratio and its legacy commitment to educating one student at a time. My previous work on Pine Manor's strategic plan fueled my interest in continuing the work of the alumnae, the faculty, and the Board to deliver on our goals in order to ensure that we execute on our mission to serve historically underrepresented students and prepare them for successful careers."

 O’Reilly served as an elected member of the Boston School Committee from 1984-1990 and as its President in 1989. He earned an MBA from the Boston College Graduate School of Management; and an A.B. from Harvard College.

“The Pine Manor Board of Trustees would like to thank Interim President Ashby for her strong leadership during the past year,” said Utzschneider. “Dr. Ashby brought organizational and financial stability, while strengthening our fundraising efforts, which this fiscal year surpassed the totals of the three previous fiscal years combined, and the College’s finances are operating in the black. We are grateful for her service.”
 O’Reilly was chosen following an eight-month search process, which was conducted by Brill Neumann, an executive search firm. The search involved extensive community-wide input, including a survey of faculty, students and staff, many of whom participated in the process, noting that O’Reilly was the top candidate from among more than 100 individuals.

Deborah Kincade Rambo, President of Catholic Charities said, “Tom, who has served as a trustee with Catholic Charities for eight years, is a wonderful strategic thinker who likes complicated challenges. He can do everything from build a strong, local group in support of an under-resourced program, to devising a business plan that takes an existing program to the next level. He encourages people to do and bring their very best, all of the things you want from someone in leadership.”

"Pine Manor has made an inspired selection for its next President," said Harvard University Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Thomas J. Hollister. “I have worked closely with Tom and he has a deep and demonstrated passion for teaching and learning, and extraordinary leadership skills. He has enjoyed a highly successful career in the business world while also contributing significantly over the years to mission-driven organizations.”

About Pine Manor College

Pine Manor is a private four-year liberal arts college located just outside of Boston. PMC is focused on serving the needs of students from historically underrepresented communities, including minorities, low-income and first-generation college families. In September 2015, U.S. News and World Report recognized PMC as one of the five most ethnically and racially diverse student bodies of all liberal arts colleges nationwide.

For over 100 years, Pine Manor has provided a highly student-focused education and tailored mentoring grounded in the liberal arts tradition. PMC has become known for its successful integrated programs that focus on prominent local industries, most notably the sciences. Each program requires completion of a senior internship, which have been successful in students finding entry-level positions in their fields. PMC also offers a Master's degree through its highly-regarded MFA Program in Creative Writing.

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