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Building Bridges

Pine Manor College is a small institution with a big heart.
One with a unique mission and amazing students and alums.

Recently, we see more and more thought-leaders who are deeply interested to hear about our mission and are excited to discover mutual interests and shared goals. Through these informal ‘meetings of the minds’ we hope to build new bridges, create new partnerships, and expand our college’s circle of friends.

Pine Manor is grateful to all the individuals and the institutions that are expressing their support and helping us build a bridge to a better future for our students and our community.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Neighborly Visit from Tom Brady

New England Patriots Super Bowl hero, and the NFL’s legend, Tom Brady, stopped by for a casual visit with President Thomas O’Reilly. Tom Brady and the Pine Manor community enjoy friendly relationships and shared love for our lovely neighborhood.
As your next door neighbors, it was a true pleasure to welcome you, Tom, to our home.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Callie Crossley, Broadcast Journalist and Host of “Under the Radar with Callie Crossley” – an inspirational speaker!

Callie Crossley, Broadcast Journalist and Host of “Under the Radar with Callie Crossley,” was Pine Manor’s Inspire Program guest speaker. Ms. Crossley spoke of her educational journey, which started at Memphis High School as one of only 19 black students. Recalling personal encounters of racial discrimination and bulling, Crossley expressed her determination to pursue a meaningful career. After graduating from Wellesley College in 1973, Ms. Crossley began her career as a Broadcast Journalist finding her way and her voice in a difficult and unforgiving industry. She attributed much of her success to finding people in the industry who were willing to help her succeed. Some of her career advice included identifying one’s strengths as well as demonstrating a willingness to improve. Speaking about the importance of taking career risks, she noted that every job she held led her to her next position, and her next step up.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Melissa James, Founder, President and CEO of The Tech Connection – Inspire Program Guest Speaker 

As part of the Pine Manor Inspire Program Speaker Series, we had the honor to host Melissa James, Founder, President and CEO of The Tech Connection. James effortlessly connected with the many who came to hear her speak. She shared personal anecdotes to convey the various challenges she had to overcome to get where she is today. Thank you, Melissa, for being a wonderful role model for our students and all of us.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dr. Mae Jemison – Space Traveler

What an honor to meet  a great American inspiration, Dr. Mae Carol Jemison.  Jemison is an American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African-American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. After medical school and a brief general practice, Jemison served in the Peace Corps from 1985 until 1987, when she was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps. She resigned from NASA in 1993 to found a company researching the application of technology to daily life. She has appeared on television several times, including as an actress in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She is a dancer and holds nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters, and the humanities. She is the current principal of the 100 Year Starship organization.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Governor Deval Patrick – Inspire Program Inaugural Speaker  

On Monday, November 28th, 2016, Pine Manor College hosted the inaugural speaker of the Inspire Program, Governor Deval Patrick.

President O’Reilly opened the event and introduced the honorable speaker: “Tonight’s speaker hails from the hardscrabble of South Chicago and the hallowed halls of Beacon Hill. He is the first person of color to have become a Governor of Massachusetts, one of the most influential states in the union. Raised by a single mother in a family of limited resources, and confronted by the realities of racism, he set about life with a vision that he would not be held back.”  

The College’s historic Founders’ Room was overflowing, as Gov. Patrick shared his personal story, anecdotes, and wisdom from his remarkable life experiences. 

Our entire community is grateful to Governor Patrick for spending an evening of inspiration with Pine Manor’s students.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

With Governor Michael Dukakis

Former Massachusetts Governor, one-time Presidential contender, and Brookline neighbor Michael Dukakis took time to meet with President O’Reilly to talk about all that is new at PMC. Gov. Dukakis was deeply interested in the programmatic offerings at Pine Manor College and the success of its students with a graduation rate that is 3X’s the national average and with 100% of 2017 graduates getting either job in their fields of study or going on graduate school. Asked how the College gets it done, President O’Reilly said, “It’s the Students and the Faculty. The Students never give up. The Faculty never let’s them give up. It’s a win/win strategy!” Governor Dukakis was so taken by what he heard that he offered to visit Pine Manor College and to spend time with the Students and Faculty.


Thursday August 25,2016

President O’Reilly Meets with University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor, Keith Motley

University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor, Keith Motley welcomes President O’Reilly to the ranks of Higher Education as the new President of Pine Manor College. The two share a deep and abiding interest in providing expanded College access to the people of Boston and pledged support to helping each other in this goal.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

With Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley

In a recent visit to Boston City Hall, Pine Manor College President Thomas M. O’Reilly met with Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley (D-W.Rox., J.P., Ros., Rox.) to discuss the impact that Pine Manor College is having on the young people of Boston. With 21.5% of its students graduates of the Boston Public Schools, including two BPS Valedictorians for the class of 2020, Pine Manor College devotes among the highest percent of its resources to Boston Public School graduates and does so with outstanding results. Pine Manor Colleges 6 year graduation rate is 3x’s greater than the national average for Colleges serving the same demographic. As importantly, 96% of Pine Manor Colleges graduates obtained jobs in their field of study or attended graduate school, a nearly six percentage point improvement over the prior year.


Monday, July 25, 2016

With Mr. Turahn Dorsey, Chief of Education for the City of Boston

Pine Manor College President Thomas M. O’Reilly met today with Mr. Turahn Dorsey, Chief of Education for the City of Boston. The two share a commitment and a passion for education, and both are charged, in their current roles, with the task of helping improve educational outcomes for the benefit of their students. President O’Reilly and Education Chief Dorsey discussed opportunities for collaboration on local educational challenges, most specifically creating access to quality College education and improving graduation rates. Chief Dorsey and President O’Reilly are interested in finding ways to make Pine Manor College’s highly individualized education accessible to more Boston High School students who can benefit from the mentoring and experiential learning that Pine Manor offers. More on this as specific initiatives emerge.

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