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March 26, 2013

Healey named Babson College president

Former lieutenant governor says she will keep her home in Beverly


Healey’s name has been mentioned in the past as a possible Republican candidate for governor or senator. Yesterday, she said she will withdraw from politics while she is at Babson. She said she expects to remain at least until 2019, when the college marks its 100th anniversary.

“I’m out of politics for the foreseeable future,” she said.

While Healey is best-known as a political figure, she said she once assumed she would spend her career in academia. She has a degree in government from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in political science and law from Trinity College in Dublin.

Since leaving the lieutenant governor’s office in 2007, Healey has worked on such issues as reducing child homelessness, bringing humanitarian aid to schools for the disabled in Cuba and promoting justice reform in Afghanistan. She also hosted a television series on NESN about scientific and social innovation in New England.

As college president, Healey said she wants to expand Babson’s global reach and use entrepreneurial concepts to “lift the neediest out of poverty and tackle environmental issues.”

“My goal is to help recast Babson as a truly global leader in entrepreneurial education while maintaining its deep New England roots,” she said.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or

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