“There also are large numbers of faculty, students, staff, and alumni who have reached out to express their support and their commitment to work with the president-elect to move Babson forward.”
Chmura said that providing formal responses to questions raised by the Faculty Senate is a common practice at Babson.
Healey served as lieutenant governor from 2003 to 2007 and was a member of the Republican National Committee. A Harvard graduate, she holds a doctorate from Trinity College in Dublin.
Universities and colleges often select former political figures to lead their institutions, such as former US representative Martin Meehan, who is chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Healey said she is no longer involved in partisan politics. She resigned from the Republican National Committee and has stopped advocating for candidates. She said she is unsure whether she would run for public office again. “I can’t even think more than six years ahead,” Healey said.
She said Tuesday that she has been an entrepreneurial leader in the political and nonprofit sectors. “Babson embraces all kinds of entrepreneurship, including social entrepreneurship and people who are entrepreneurs in their approach to government, as well as those who work in the private sector,” she said.
After the announcement, Healey told the Globe that she hopes to transform Babson into a global institution.
Dean Dennis Hanno, a popular figure on Babson’s campus, said he is confident that Healey will bring a new energy and network to the college.
“Len Schlesinger has had much of an impact,” he said. “And I think people are or were generally concerned about losing that moment, and I’m not.”
Matt Muller, 22, Babson’s student body president, said he is pleased with the board’s choice, and how the administration has responded to student concerns.
“On a personal level I’m pretty excited that Dr. Healey is on board,” he said. “Len is a very difficult person to follow up, in terms of his decisions and strategies for the school.’’ Muller said Healey will do well: “Having had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Healey at length, she gets what Babson is about.”
Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@ globe.com.