In 2005, Dr. Zorica Pantić became the president of Wentworth Institute of Technology, the first female engineer to lead a higher‐education institution of technology in the United States. After 14 highly successful years, she is stepping down in May with today marking her final Wentworth Commencement event.
Under her leadership, Wentworth has introduced its first seven graduate programs, becoming a master’s degree‐granting institution and achieving “university” status in 2017. Dr. Pantić has overseen the introduction of 10 new undergraduate programs (seven in engineering), a $300 million investment in state-of-the-art facilities, and a 20 percent enrollment increase.
During her presidency, Wentworth has enhanced its experiential‐learning educational model by implementing EPIC Learning (Externally‐collaborative, Project‐based, Interdisciplinary Culture for Learning), and is focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship. The Institute continues to earn annual recognition in national and regional rankings by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, and has been ranked highly by the Brookings Institution, Fortune Magazine, and PayScale in terms of return on investment and alumni occupational earnings power.
Dr. Pantić has served on various boards and professional organizations, including the board of directors for the World Association for Cooperative Education, the American Association for Presidents of Independent Universities and Colleges, the New England Association for Schools and Colleges, the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, and the Presidents Council for the NCAA Division III. In January 2018, Governor Charlie Baker appointed the president to serve on the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Strategy Council. In 2017, Dr. Pantić was inducted into the National Academy of Construction.
Before joining Wentworth, Dr. Pantić was the founding dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio; the director of the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University; a Fulbright fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign; and an associate professor at the University of Niš, Serbia. She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Niš.
Dr. Pantić takes great pride in ensuring that Wentworth continues to be a university of opportunity and provides its students with a clear path to career success and upward mobility. She leaves a legacy of commitment to students and ensuring that they come first.