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March 26, 2013

Healey named Babson College president

Former lieutenant governor says she will keep her home in Beverly

BEVERLY — Kerry Healey’s new job comes with a nice, new house. But that doesn’t mean she’s leaving her current home in Beverly.

Healey, who was officially introduced as the president of Babson College yesterday, said she will live on campus during the week but will keep her home on Curtis Point.

“That’s the house I raised my kids in, and we’re going to keep that,” she said.

Healey, the former lieutenant governor, has lived in Beverly since 1995. Husband Sean’s company, Affiliated Managers Group, is also in Beverly. Her two children will attend college in Massachusetts in the fall.

Healey, 52, becomes the first female president of Babson College, the Wellesley school known for its business programs. She was selected out of a field of more than 170 candidates, according to the college.

In a press conference, Healey said being named president of Babson was especially poignant considering the fact that her mother, Shirley Murphy, wanted to attend a college in Florida founded by Roger Babson, but her family couldn’t afford it.

Murphy eventually became the first woman in her family to attend college and became an elementary school teacher. Healey herself relied on financial aid and scholarships and worked several jobs to get through college after her father had a disabling heart attack and couldn’t work.

“My family made incredible sacrifices for me to be able to get an education,” Healey said. “Thanks to their sacrifice, I’m standing in front of you today. I am going to be absolutely focused on making sure this college is affordable for all the students out there who have an entrepreneurial gleam in their eye.”

Healey served as lieutenant governor under Mitt Romney before losing a campaign for governor to Deval Patrick in 2006. She worked as a policy adviser and fundraiser on Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

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