Leading Boston Business Group Honors Wentworth President Zorica Pantić

December 6, 2018

A woman speaks at a podium

President Zorica Pantić

Wentworth Institute of Technology President Zorica Pantić, Ph.D., is one of eight “remarkable,” senior-level women chosen for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Pinnacle Awards for outstanding achievement in business and management.

The Pinnacle Awards recognize transformative leadership that enhances the quality of life in the region. President Pantić was selected in the Health Care, Arts and Education awards category.

The awards will be presented Feb. 1 during a luncheon at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel, marking the 25th anniversary of the chamber’s Women’s Network—the largest community of professional women in New England.

“I can’t think of a better way to kick off our 25th anniversary of the Women’s Network than by celebrating these eight incredible women, their contributions to their organizations, their communities, and the overall advancement of women in the Greater Boston business community and beyond,” said James E. Rooney, president and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber. “Our Annual Pinnacle Awards are always a Chamber programs highlight, but this year’s celebration will be one for the books, setting the tone for our focus on women in business throughout this year and for the next 25 years of our thriving Women’s Network.”

Other 2019 honorees are: in entrepreneurship, Marlo Fogelman, principal, Marlo Marketing; in management, private, Amy Latimer, president, TD Garden; in management, government, Lisa S. Wieland, port director, Massachusetts Port Authority; in management, nonprofit, Deborah Hughes, president and CEO, Brookview House; in professions, Dani Monroe, vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer, Partners Healthcare; in the emerging executive category, Julie P. Livingstone, development manager, HYM Investment Group, LLC; and for lifetime achievement, Anita F. Hill, professor at Brandeis University.

Pantić, who became president of Wentworth in 2005, is the first woman-engineer to lead an institute of technology in the United States. Under her leadership, Wentworth introduced seven graduate programs, thus becoming a master’s degree granting institution and achieving “university” status. 

Pantić has also overseen the introduction of 10 undergraduate programs (eight in engineering), a $300 million investment in state-of-the-art facilities, and a 20 percent enrollment increase. Wentworth’s enhanced experiential-learning model, combined with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, resulted in excellent regional and national rankings for the Institute, including top eight percent for return on investment in the United States and top 50 women-led businesses in Massachusetts.

Pantić was the founding dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio, director of the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University, and a Fulbright Fellow. She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Niš, Serbia.

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