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President’s Leadership Honored with CASE Award

January 27, 2017

President Zorica Pantić at the Jan. 25 awards ceremony with Trustee Paul Guarracino, MDE '72, left, and Trustee Greg Janey, ARS '82, BCM '04. (Photo by Justin Knight)

Applauding her “energetic, entrepreneurial, and ambitious leadership style,” the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) on Jan. 25 presented Wentworth President Zorica Pantić with its District 1 Chief Executive Leadership Award.

The district includes New England, Quebec, and the Atlantic Provinces in Canada. Pantić was honored during the group’s conference in Boston.

The award’s judges said Pantić’s work has led to a “stunning array of innovations at the Institute,” including a significant increase in the number of faculty; the expansion of the study abroad program; implementation of an online degree program; and the addition of six new engineering and master’s degree programs.

“I am very thrilled and honored to be receiving this award,” said Pantić, thanking the Institute’s board members and Wentworth community for their support during her tenure as president.

“Great transformations require extraordinary leadership, and there is no better evidence of this than President Pantić’s accomplishments at Wentworth,” said Greg Janey, a Wentworth alumnus and trustee, and principal owner of JANEY Construction Management & Consulting Inc.  

Pantić said Wentworth has been on “an exciting upward trajectory,” having received national recognition for preparing students for career success through its hallmark co-op program.

Pantić became the president of Wentworth Institute of Technology, and the first female engineer to lead a higher-education institution of technology in the United States, in 2005.

Before Wentworth, she 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; a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; and associate professor at the University of Niš, Serbia, where she received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering.

--Dennis Nealon

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