Wheelock College, a New England Council member, recently announced that Dr. David J. Chard has been named as its next President. Dr. Chard will be Wheelock’s 14th President, replacing current President Jackie Jenkins-Scott, who has led the school for the last 12 years.
Dr. Chard comes to Wheelock from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he served as the inaugural dean of the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. As dean, he grew the school to include five departments and oversaw the fundraising of over $60 million for the school and its mission. Additionally, Dr. Chard was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors for the National Board of Education. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
“We were fortunate to have an outstanding group of candidates, a testament to the enormous relevance of Wheelock’s mission of improving the lives of children and families. Dr. Chard stood out not only for his outstanding leadership at Southern Methodist University, but for his innovative thinking, focus on diversity and inclusion, and lifelong commitment to education,” said Kate Taylor, Chair of the Wheelock College Board of Trustees.
Located in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, Wheelock college has been working to “inspire a world of good” since 1888. The New England Council looks forward to Wheelock’s continued success and growth under Dr. Chard’s leadership.