Meet our Incoming President, Mark A. Thompson, Ph.D.

Find out why students inspire him

Welcome Mark A. Thompson, Ph.D. – Wentworth’s Fifth President

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On March 11, Wentworth announced Mark A. Thompson, Ph.D., as the university’s fifth president, effective June 1, 2019. Mark was unanimously recommended to the Board of Trustees by a cross-institutional, 15-member Presidential Search Committee. The appointment follows a national selection process, which identified a large and diverse pool of well-qualified candidates.


Mark comes to us from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., where he served as executive vice president and provost. Read more about his background and education, and a 21-year tenure at Quinnipiac that included launching new engineering and medical schools.


The Shared Governance Search Process

Wentworth’s shared governance search process is likely one to be emulated by other colleges and universities for efficiently and effectively engaging a diversity of voices and perspectives in the hiring of a new president, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and business leaders in the presidential search. Read its charter and meet its talented and committed members.

Below are testimonials from the Presidential Search Committee members about their selection of Mark.

Noelle Benavides headshot“Student-centered, visionary, and a passion for diversity and inclusion are just a few attributes to describe Mark Thompson. Mark Thompson is a strong leader who not only listens to those around him but ensures that each stakeholder has an equal seat and voice at the table. Wentworth is fortunate to have such a thoughtful new president whose commitment to diversity and inclusion will continue to improve our campus climate and overall student experience. This is an exciting time in Wentworth’s history and I look forward to watching Mark Thompson lead our institution over the next challenging yet exciting years!"
- Noelle Benavides,‘19 Biomedical Engineering
Yugu Yang-Keathley HeadshotI believe that [Mark’s] extensive experience in higher education administration will lead Wentworth through an exciting new chapter as a university. His background in economics will provide a broader perspective in addressing the challenges facing higher education, and his belief in the power of a shared community vision will guide Wentworth in paving the way for a shared governance [model]. I am very much looking forward to having Mark as our new president!
- Yugu Yang-Keathley, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Laurie Grove Headshot“Mark has a strong record for bringing together diverse groups to achieve a common goal. He is a listener and a collaborator. He is a believer that to lead is to empower and engage those around you.”
- Laurie Grove, Associate Professor, Sciences Department
Matt Heiser headshot“Mark's experience, conviction, thoughtfulness, and student-centered approach will serve him in excelling as the next leader of Wentworth. He has a tremendous background in cultivating institutional growth and inclusion in his approach to leadership. Most importantly, Mark is inspired by Wentworth students and the incredible promise they have as innovators, designers, engineers, scientists, and managers - he's truly passionate about improving the student experience.”
- Matt Heiser, associate director of Housing and Residential Life
Ryan E. Huchins Headshot“Mark understands the unique value of Wentworth in terms of its long standing and very deep connection with the business world through our co-op experiences and the desirability of graduates in the marketplace. He has the strategic vision to continue to build and strengthen those ties.”
- Ryan E. Hutchins, ’96, ‘98, Senior Vice President, Gilbane Building Company
Jack Blaisdell headshotMark has had very successful and varied education and administrative experiences at a nationally recognized university. His focus and dedication toward achieving student success and faculty satisfaction will build on Wentworth's momentum toward becoming the leader in experiential learning for Architecture, Design, Engineering and Management."
- Jack Blaisdell, ‘70, ‘72, B.S. Board of Trustees, Retired, UPS Operations
Mike Masterson Headshot“Mark possesses the vision and an accomplished track record for garnering the visibility and support needed to grow an institution strategically, abilities identified by the Wentworth community as crucial for the next president in the presidential profile. His values, strategic vision, analytical skills and leadership approach will be integral to advancing Wentworth and its mission in a competitive and rapidly changing market.”
- Mike Masterson, Board Chairman