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Sherry H. Penney, PhD

Sherry H. Penney is the model of executive leadership. She has lived it, written about it and taught it. With significant executive (C-suite) experience in higher education and in a variety of corporate and not-for-profit board positions, she is committed to helping others develop those skills so they, too, can make an impact. Dr. Penney consults on leadership and coaches executives wishing to advance in leadership positions and/or obtaining board positions.

ELP12Most recently she held the “Sherry H. Penney Professor of Leadership” in the College of Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Now as Professor Emerita she continues to teach an MBA course on leadership. Previously she served as the Chancellor of UMass Boston, 1988-2000. She also served as interim president of the University of Massachusetts system in 1995 and interim president of SUNY Plattsburgh 1986-1987. She brought her experience of over 13 years as a CEO to her position in an endowed professorship of leadership. As Chancellor, she presided over the first capital campaign for the campus and saw the endowment increase seven fold. She also worked with her team to help the campus achieve Carnegie classification doctoral status. Under her leadership, the campus celebrated its first two Fulbright scholars and also the doubling of the honors program.

Prior executive experience includes serving from 1982-88 as the first female vice chancellor in the SUNY system office (64 campuses and 400,000 students) as Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs, Policy and Planning. She was Associate Provost at Yale University 1976-82. She has taught at Union College, Yale University, SUNY Albany, and the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Prior executive experience includes serving from 1982-88 as the first female vice chancellor in the SUNY system office (64 campuses and 400,000 students) as Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs, Policy and Planning. She was Associate Provost at Yale University 1976-82. She has taught at Union College, Yale University, SUNY Albany, and the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Penney also has wide experience in governance in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. For 20 years (1990-2010), she served on the board of NStar, a leading utility in the Northeast, currently chairs the board of TERI (The Education Resource Institute). She also is on the Board of Directors of South Shore Hospital and recently served on the boards of the International Leadership Association and HERS (Higher Education Resource Services.) She has chaired two boards and been a member of over fifteen others.

She has consulted widely throughout the United States and in Greece, Ireland and Hungary.

Dr. Penney has received honorary degrees from Albion College in Michigan and from Quincy College in Massachusetts. Among her awards are the Pinnacle Award for lifetime achievement from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the New England Women’s Leadership Award, the Distinguished Citizen Award for Racial Harmony from Black/White Boston, the College Club Award, and the Abigail Adams Award from the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus and Leader in Diversity Award from the Boston Business Journal.

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