About the Winstons

Thanks to the support of Judy Teehan Winston ’64 and Bob Winston, the Winston School of Education and Social Policy will advance to the next level and focus on additional support for early career teachers. 

Merrimack alumna Judy Teehan Winston ’64 and her husband Bob Winston have been supporters of Merrimack College for more than 50 years. Judy graduated from Merrimack College in 1964 and is a former high school teacher in Massachusetts and California. Over the years she has remained close to college classmates, returning often to campus and actively participating in reunions and scholarship events. Her husband Bob is a retired senior vice president and director of American Funds Distributor and served as a captain in the United States Army.

Bob Winston and Judy Teehan

Upon her graduation from Merrimack in 1964, Judy became a teacher in the Billerica (Massachusetts) Public Schools, where she was mentored by her older sister, a fellow Billerica educator. That loving guidance was critical in helping Judy develop the professional skills she needed to enjoy a long, fulfilling career, which included teaching in the majority-Latinx Los
Angeles Unified School District.

In addition to funding programs at Merrimack College, Judy and Bob have established the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics at Boston College, Bob’s alma mater.

In their home community of Los Angeles, they’ve established chairs and research fellowships at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and UCLA’s medical school. At Merrimack, Judy’s recent gift is the culmination of a decades-long partnership that has impacted thousands of Warriors—and is
positioned to impact thousands more.

Gifts from the Winstons

In honor of their generosity and support, Merrimack College announced the official naming of the Winston School of Education and Social Policy. Their latest gift designated Judy as the largest alumnus donor in Merrimack’s history and established an endowment to support the education school’s focus on new teacher training and graduate education.

Earlier gifts from the Winston’s created an endowment to establish the Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support (MINTS). This initiative supports new teachers and increases their retention in this critical field. The Winstons have also established a scholarship endowment supporting several students annually with a focus on students considering a career in education.