Faculty & Staff

Sherry H. Penney, PhD

Professor Emerita


photo of Sherry Penney

Areas of Expertise

Leadership and Management, Emerging Leaders, Higher Education Leadership, Corporate Governance


PhD, State University of New York (Albany)
MA, University of Michigan
BA, Albion College, Albion, Michigan

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

  • Sherry H. Penney Professor of Leadership, College of Management and Founding Director, Center For Collaborative Leadership, 2001-2012;
Chancellor and Professor of American Studies / Women's Studies, UMass Boston, 1988-2000;
President (interim) University of Massachusetts System 1995;

  • Vice Chancellor, Academic Programs, Policy and Planning, SUNY (State University of New York) system (1982-1988);

  • President (acting) SUNY Plattsburgh 1986-87;
  • Associate Provost, Yale University, 1976-82.
Courses Taught

Leadership for Effecting Change  in Higher Education, Leadership for the 21st Century, Fund Raising in Higher Education, Leadership in l9th century US History

Research Interests

Leadership for the 21st century, women in leadership, executive leadership, l9th century feminist leaders

Professional Activities

Boards of Directors: South Shore Hospital, 2007-present; International Leadership Association, Board Member, 2009-2012 and ILA Conference Chair, 2010; NSTAR, 1990-2100 (Governance and Executive Personnel Committees) retired May 2010; TERI (The Education Resource Institute, 1994-2013 (Board Chair, Governance, Compensation, Access and Executive Committees), HERS (Higher Education Resource Services), 1992-2012.

Honors and Awards

EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE award in Brussels, Belgium (Summer 2007) for the Emerging Leaders Program

Honorary degrees: Albion College, 1989, Quincy College, 1999


  •        Lifetime Achievement Award as Leader in Diversity, Boston Business Journal, Oct. 2011;
  •        Abigail Adams Award, Mass. Women’s Political Caucus, 2003;
  •        Boston Higher Education Partnership Service Award, 2001;
  •        Pinnacle Award for Lifetime Achievement, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, 1998;
  •        New England Women’s Leadership Award, 1996;
  •        Distinguished Citizen Award for Racial Harmony, Black and White Boston, 1994;
  •        College Club Award for Professional Service to Boston, 1991;
  •        Distinguished Alumni Award, Albion College, 1978.