January 31, 2014
Communications and Marketing
The former CEO of Boston advertising giant Hill Holliday and Saint Anselm College alumnus Mike Sheehan '82 has been tapped to become the new CEO of The Boston Globe.
Sheehan began working for Hill Holliday in 1994 and became CEO in 2003. Last May, he stepped down to serve as chairman for the company but, according to the Globe, he has relinquished that role to focus on the newspaper. Boston Red Sox principal owner John Henry, who is also the new owner of The Boston Globe, chose Sheehan for the top post while also naming himself publisher.
With a long list of accomplishments throughout his career in advertising, Sheehan is proud to say that his liberal arts education at Saint Anselm helped lead to his success.
"Saint Anselm stands out from other institutions in its insistence that students learn to think critically," said Sheehan.
Sheehan has remained close to Saint Anselm College since his time here on the Hilltop as a student. He served on the Board of Trustees for 10 years beginning in 1998, the final four years of which he served as chair. Sheehan also served as tri-chair for the college's last capital campaign. In July of 2003, Sheehan and his wife Maureen established a $500,000 fund to support the college's Portraits of Human Greatness humanities program, which was marking its 25th anniversary. Naming the fund for his parents, Sheehan called it The Frederick and Claire Sheehan Endowed Faculty Fund for Humanities. Also, the College awarded Sheehan an honorary degree in 2011.
Read more about Sheehan's move to The Boston Globe on boston.com.