Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Selects New CEO

NEC member the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) has named Aisha Francis, PhD. as the college’s new Chief Executive Officer. The current president of the school, Anthony Benoit, will transition to an advisory role before exiting by the end of the school year.

Dr. Francis will oversee Benjamin Franklin’s transition to a new campus in Boston’s Nubian Square, moving from the school’s original 1908 campus on Berkley Street. Dr. Francis most recently served as the college’s Chief of Staff, and previously worked as Director of Development at Harvard Medical School. Her new role also represents progress for a college that once had an all-white leadership team. More than half of the college’s students are first generation college students, and students of color make up 74% of student enrollment. Benoit cited bringing diversity to the leadership team as a personal goal when he assumed office.

“Working in partnership with the senior leadership team at BFIT, the faculty, and the Board, I know we can play a critical role in creating opportunities for our students in a time of uncertainty,” said Dr. Francis. “I am delighted to play an expanded role at BFIT, and I look forward to deepening our relationships with businesses, the civic community, and elected officials in the year ahead.

The New England Council congratulates Dr. Francis on her new role, looks forward to BFIT’s continued growth and success under her leadership. Read more from the Boston Business Journal or BFIT’s press release.

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