2010 Commencement Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipients
As Massachusetts secretary of education, Paul Reville manages the Executive Office of Education and directs the three education agencies of the Commonwealth-the Departments of Early Education and Care, Elementary and Secondary Education, and Higher Education-as well as the University of Massachusetts.
Prior to state government, Mr. Reville was president of the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy; education director of the Pew Forum on Standards-Based Reform; founding executive director of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education; and founding education director of the Alliance for Education. He was also director of the Education Policy and Management Program and a senior lecturer on educational policy and politics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Earlier in his career, he was the principal/education director and a teacher in two alternative secondary schools.
A graduate of Colorado College who holds a master's degree from Stanford University, Mr. Reville chairs or serves on numerous commissions, boards and advisory committees. In 2007, he edited the book, A Decade of Urban School Reform: Persistence and Progress in the Boston Public Schools. He is a frequent writer and speaker on school reform and educational policy issues. He has four children and two stepchildren, who all attend or attended Worcester public schools.
A member of the Wheelock Corporation, Mr. Reville was a trustee from 1998 to 2008 and served on the Executive and Educational Policy Committees. He will deliver the College's 2010 Commencement address.
Robert A. Lincoln
Robert A. Lincoln is a Boston business executive and has been a dedicated advocate and volunteer for Wheelock for more than a quarter of a century. He is currently senior vice president at Boston Trust and Investment Management Company/Walden Asset Management, which he joined in 1984. He is the portfolio manager for the Walden Social Equity Fund, a mutual fund that conducts socially responsible investing.
Mr. Lincoln was first introduced to Wheelock by his late wife, Cynthia, who taught at the College from 1983 to 1985. In 1986, along with members of her family, he created the Cynthia Longfellow Teaching Recognition Award in her memory.
A member of the Wheelock Corporation beginning in 1989, Mr. Lincoln became a trustee in 1991. As board chair from 2003 to 2009, Mr. Lincoln led the College through a period of significant change and growth, overseeing such vital initiatives as a presidential search and the building of the new Campus Center and Student Residence. He is a member and former chair of the Executive and Investment Committees, a member of the Finance Committee, and board treasurer.
An avid golfer who also ran the 2007 Boston marathon wearing a Wheelock Wildcats shirt, Mr. Lincoln holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Harvard University. He is married to Carol Thompson Lincoln and has three sons, Richard Longfellow Lincoln, Jeffrey Longfellow Lincoln, and Andrew A. Lincoln, and a stepdaughter, Anna Wells.
Susan Bruml Simon '73
Susan Bruml Simon '73 has dedicated her career to education-spanning early childhood education through higher education.
She is the founder of Admissions Advantage, an educational advising firm in Weston, Massachusetts that helps high school students choose and apply to college. Previously, she worked in college admissions at Brandeis University for 18 years. Earlier in her career, she taught kindergarten and worked at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. .
A devoted Wheelock volunteer, Ms. Simon is currently vice chair of the Board of Trustees, chair of the Enrollment and Student Success Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee, Committee on Trustees, and Educational Policy Committee. She served as co-chair of the Presidential Search Committee in 2003 and chaired the Ad Hoc Governance Committee. An active alumna, she has served as chair of the Annual Fund Committee and Centennial Celebration Committee, a member of the Alumni Association Board, and alumni trustee.
Ms. Simon is co-author of a book about the college essay, My Dog's Name Is Einstein and Other College Essays Written from the Hearts of Boys and Girls (June 2010). She received the Lucy Wheelock Alumni Award in 1988 and the Wheelock President's Leadership Award in 2003.
Ms. Simon received a B.S. in early childhood education from Wheelock and an M.A. in counseling psychology from the University of Santa Clara in California. She and her husband, Peter, have two children, Todd and Stephanie.