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Inauguration of E. Joseph Lee


The Inauguration of E. Joseph Lee, Ph.D., 
as the 11th President of Pine Manor College

After much anticipation, on November 7th, 2014 at 11am, the Inauguration of E. Joseph Lee, Ph.D., as 11th President of Pine Manor College was called to order by Professor William Stargard, College Marshal.

Ellsworth Hall was filled with excitement as delegates, distinguished guests, faculty, and speakers took their seats.

    The Pine Manor College Alma Mater was performed by Sarah Barry, a Pine Manor College sophomore and accompanied by Dr. Emma Dassori, Assistant Professor of Drama on the flute. 

Stephen Thompson, Professor Emeritus, gave a wonderfully inspiring invocation that concluded with these wise words “…Though we approach Thee using a variety of names, we are united in our gratitude for the gift of life. Help us to remember that we best express our appreciation for that gift by living wisely and treating each other, and all of our brothers and sisters, with respect and compassion.”


Serena Strazzulla Kokjer Greening, class of 1959 and Chair of the Pine Manor College Board of Trustees, opened the ceremony with her greeting. “Today marks a special day in the history of Pine Manor College as we celebrate Dr. Joseph Lee’s Inauguration as our 11th President. As I look out into the audience and across to the speakers on stage, I see members of the Pine Manor Community: students, alumnae, faculty, staff, cabinet, and trustees – joined by government officials, neighbors, and friends – all here to celebrate this special day. We very fortunate to have Dr. Joseph Lee as our President at this very exciting time for the College – a time marked by growth in new directions as a fully co-educational college.”

  William Morales, Pine Manor College trustee, and Executive Director of the YMCA of Greater Boston, was called to offer greetings from the Board of Trustees. Mr. Morales described his own growing passion for Pine Manor in the past year, and concluded by suggesting that the students should get sunglasses, so they are “prepared for the bright, bright future” that awaits them. 

  In her greetings, Dr. Rosemary Ashby, President Emerita of Pine Manor College, recounted main points in the life of Pine Manor College, and the challenges and changes Pine Manor has faced throughout the years. 
    Professor William Stargard, Ph.D., read a letter from State Senator Cynthia Stone Creem on behalf the Commonwealth of Massachusetts welcoming the President to Pine Manor and wishing his success. 
    Benjamin A. Franco, Member of the Town of Brookline Board of Selectmen, gave his greetings from the town of Brookline. He fondly recalled that growing up in Brookline, he would come to play soccer on the Pine Manor field. He wished President Lee and Pine Manor much success and a continued partnership with the town of Brookline. 
    Robert McCarron, Vice President for Government Relations General Counsel at the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, offered greetings from colleagues in higher education. 
    Maria Garvey Dowd, a neighbor, presented her greetings on behalf of the neighbors of Pine Manor College in the neighborhood of Chestnut Hill. Mrs. Garvey Dowd told the story of the Chestnut Hill Neighborhood, and the vision of landscape architect and writer Frederick Law Olmsted (who is most known for designing Central Park in New York), to create open green spaces that are accessible to the public. In that inclusive spirit, she noted, Pine Manor maintains its open spaces and accessibility to all.

Representing the Faculty, Dr. Melinda Ponder, Professor of English, started by speaking of the fact that Faculty’s work at Pine Manor is centered around assessments: “assessing of students, of programs and of ourselves.” She invited the faculty to assess Dr. Lee on a number of criteria, for each of which he scored a perfect “10”.


Greetings on behalf of the students were presented by Betsy Maysonnet-Urbania, Pine Manor junior, and Gennadiy Golubev, Pine Manor freshman.

    Greetings on behalf of the staff of Pine Manor College were delivered by Mary Walsh, Director of the Learning Resource Center, and Latoya Johnston, Director of Student Activities Multicultural Community Engagement.



Greetings from the alumnae of Pine Manor were presented by Peggy Sweeney, class of 1996, General Counsel for Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey, and Teakia Brown, class of 2008, who is Health Educator in Students Services at the College.


Dr. William Bisset, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Manhattan College and friend of Dr. Lee, represented President Lee’s colleagues.



Investiture, the ceremonial part of the installation was performed by Serena Strazzula Kokjer Greening, Chair of the Board of Trustees and class of 1959.

Passing of the Medallion:

The Chair of the Board read about the significance of the Medallion: “The Presidential Medallion was donated to the College in 1956 for the investiture of President Frederick C. Ferry, Jr., by Margaret Hobbs Traylor, a trustee of the Dana Hall School (including Pine Manor) from 1949-1958 and of Pine Manor Junior College from 1963-1968.Since 1956, it has been passed from hand to hand at the Inauguration of each new President as a formal symbol of the continuity of Pine Manor’s history and of the responsibilities, privileges and authority of the office of the President.”


President Lee offered his thanks and gratitude to the many who came to wish him and the college well.

    The Inauguration of President Joseph Lee was concluded by College Marshal, Dr. William Stargard. Guests were invited to a reception celebration at the Founder’s Hall.

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