Sister Janet Eisner

Sister Janet Eisner is the current president of Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the longest currently serving female president of a college in the United States and the longest current serving president of a Catholic college or university.

The eldest of four children, Janet grew up in Lynn, Mass. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1958 after graduation from St. Mary's High School in Lynn. She earned her bachelor's degree in English at Emmanuel College in 1963, a master's degree from Boston College, and a PhD from University of Michigan.

As a young Sister, she taught freshman English at Notre Dame de Namur high schools in Lawrence and Cambridge, Mass. before she returned to Emmanuel College as director of admissions in 1967. Sister Janet was named the college president in 1979.

In April 2022, Sister Janet was honored by the Catholic Schools Foundation with the Carolyn and Peter Lynch award.

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