New Becker College President Looks Towards the Future
Becker College, a NEC member, is ensuring their students are prepared for the ever-changing work force under new President Nancy Crimmin.
The school has been steadily growing in recent years – increasing their enrollment and endowment – and new President Nancy Crimmin aims to build on those successes by improving the school’s retention and graduation rates. Crimmin has spent her entire professional life in higher education, including 20 years at Assumption College, and has been at Becker since 2012. She was named interim president in May after former president Robert Johnson left for UMass Dartmouth, and became the institution’s first female president in a century when she was appointed permanent president in October. She is implementing changes at Becker to give students the tools to adapt to changes in the workplace. This year’s sophomore class is the first to take a set of agile mindset classes to prepare them for the professional world and in January, the school will open a $7.3-million Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center which will house the college’s partnership with MassDiGI, the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute. Becker also awarded its first masters degrees in May.
“No one knows [the school] better than she does,” Arthur DiGeronimo, the board chairman said. Recalling the trustees’ thought process during the search for a new president, he added: “Let’s complete what we’ve started on the direction we’ve taken under Dr. Johnson’s leadership. Nancy was the best to keep that going.”
The New England Council commends Becker’s leadership and innovative approach to education, and wishes President Crimmin much success in her new role. Read more in the Worcester Business Journal.