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Lynn Perry Wooten

President of Simmons University
A respected academic leader and expert on organizational development and transformation.
Lynn Perry Wooten.

About Lynn

Lynn Perry Wooten (Boston) is the first African American President of Simmons University. Prior to Simmons, she served as the David J. Nolan Dean and professor of Management and Organizations at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. With leadership at the core of Lynn’s work, her research has ranged from an NIH-funded investigation of how leadership can alleviate health disparities to leading in a crisis and managing workforce diversity. Lynn also has a robust clinical practice, providing leadership development training for a wide variety of organizations.

  • Current Role

    9th President of Simmons University

  • Education

    Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership, Harvard University Graduate School of Education

    Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, University of Michigan Ross School of Business

    Master of Business Administration, Duke University Fuqua School of Business

    Bachelor of Science in Accounting (Valedictorian), North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University [Historically Black College & University]

  • Boards, Committees & Memberships

    Advisory Board Member, Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program
    Board Member, Center for Effective Philanthropy
    Board Member, University of Michigan Alumni Association
    Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
    Member, Jack & Jill of America
    Member, Junior League
    Member, The Links Inc.

  • Honors & Publications

    BBA Student Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
    Andy Andrews Distinguished Service Award
    “Next Generation Business Thinker” Selection, The Financial Times

    Positive Organizing in a Global Society: Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity Building and Inclusion (Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2016)

    Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During, and After a Crisis (Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2010).

Lynn Perry Wooten
Lynn's Super Power
Optimizing team performance and organizational behavior, especially in times of crisis or change.
What Lynn Believes
Inspiring the very best in others happens from the inside out.
Lynn's Top Tip
Know who you are and lead from your best self.

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Susan MacKenty Brady
CEO of Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership and Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership
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Janet Foutty
Executive Chair of the Board of Deloitte US
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