Passion and Optimism

New VP of Advancement Jennifer Rice builds on “good momentum.”

On October 1, 2018, Jennifer Rice joined Simmons University as Vice President of Advancement, succeeding Marianne Lord.

With nearly 30 years of experience in fundraising and alumni engagement, “Jennifer is a welcome addition to Simmons at a very important time in our history,” said Amy White ’81, senior vice president of Institutional Advancement. “She’s the perfect combination of strategic and practical, and has engaged the entire Advancement team to deliver on some ambitious goals in support of the University’s growth.”  

Rice’s most recent position was vice president for development and alumni affairs at Wheelock College, where she was responsible for fundraising strategy and execution, alumni relations and advancement communications.

“As the mother of three daughters and the graduate of an all-girls K-12 school, I am proud to join a community that strives to prepare women to be leaders in the world,” said Rice. “I have always been impressed by the Simmons graduates I have met, and I am excited to get to know many more. It’s clear to me there’s a lot of passion and optimism about our future—and good momentum to build on as we work to increase support.”

“I am proud to join a community that strives to prepare women to be leaders.” —Vice President of Advancement Jennifer Rice

At Wheelock, Rice was an integral member of the president’s cabinet. Former president David Chard praises her as a “strong and knowledgeable professional” with “a kind nature, which was critical to maintaining such a strong alumni support network.”  

Before joining Wheelock, Rice was a consultant with The Wayland Group, a regional consulting firm to nonprofit organizations. Originally from New York City, Rice attended Bates College and has an MBA in non-profit management from Boston University.  

Simmons alumna Ediss Gandelman ’70 worked with Rice at Wheelock. “Jennifer is always cognizant of the ‘big picture’ while rolling up her sleeves to help anytime. She is the consummate professional who connects with staff and faculty, students, alums, and donors—I’m certain her exceptional leadership will benefit Simmons University.”