On campus and online, students and faculty expressed their dismay with the selection process, calling it hasty and incomplete. They also questioned whether Healey has the experience in higher education and entrepreneurial issues to run Babson.
Healey, who is no longer involved in partisan politics, said 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,” Healey said.
A petition on Change.org calling on the college to address the community’s concerns has garnered more than 150 signatures.