As a founder of The Academy at Penguin Hall, Molly Martins brings with her over 29 years’ experience in the fields of corporate and higher education finance and administration. She brings depth and breadth of experience to the development and management of The Academy at Penguin Hall.
Providing an educational opportunity for young women is a passion for Molly. As mother of five daughters, she has experienced first-hand the disappointment and frustration in the lack of opportunities for young women but those which have been afforded to young men in secondary education. She has an extensive background in academic administration, experience in owning and operating a profitable business, opportunity to acquire an ideal property and a desire to provide an alternative opportunity for young women’s education.
Molly’s experience in the financial arena began with roles as senior accountant for Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New England, Controller for Razcal Corporation and Controller for the Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur in Boston. Her roles with these institutions included all aspects of finance; financial statements, investment activity, budget preparation, and forecasting cash flow.
She began her career in higher education as Controller for Emmanuel College in Boston, where she was responsible for all areas of the business office including accounting, accounts payable, bursar, student accounts, cash management, and payroll and purchasing.
Molly served as Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration at Emmanuel College. In this senior financial and administrative position, she directed all financial operations of the college. She negotiated and completed all financing arrangements, determined risk management coverage and compliance, directed all business related departments of the college including Human Resources, Financial Aid and all Auxiliary operations. She was an originating member of the Strategic Planning Committee which was responsible for the college’s long range strategic planning initiatives and a member of the President’s Cabinet.
Molly continued her career in higher education administration in the position of Vice President for Finance and Administration at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. Similarly in this role she was responsible for all areas of finance, auxiliary and support operations including facilities acquisition and renovations, leases and contracts, human resources, student accounts and financial aid, grants and technology, investments and financing.
Molly earned a B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Boston College. She earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Bentley University.