Office of the President
Mark A. Thompson, Ph.D.
Message from the President
Dear Community Members and Friends of Wentworth:
It is my honor and privilege to lead this outstanding university in partnership with all of you – students, faculty and staff, alumni, trustees and advisers, elected representatives in the city, and our industry and corporate collaborators in Boston and beyond.
This university is a very special place, with nationally ranked academic programs, emphasis on innovation, learning by doing, and a cooperative education model that builds careers for our students. Wentworth offers one of the best educational values anywhere. It is impacting our world by producing tech-savvy problem-solvers who yearn to roll up their sleeves and make a difference.
With its focus on engineering, design and management education, this institution is uniquely positioned to match our graduates with the 21st-century needs of prospective employers in the region, across the country and around the globe.
After dozens of conversations with members of the campus community beginning in March, I am eager to lead us forward. In the coming weeks and months as this historic institution’s fifth president, I plan to build on this community dialogue as we shape Wentworth’s future together.
My focus at Wentworth is foremost on students and ensuring the undergraduate and graduate experiences here are second to none—the absolute best that they can be. We will continue, through our excellent bridge and pipeline programs, to foster opportunities for traditionally underrepresented groups of students and provide equal access to a Wentworth education.
I feel strongly about spreading the word about Wentworth’s extraordinary reputation and name recognition beyond New England and believe this should also be among our top priorities. As a committed leader with two decades of experience in academia and administration, I view our challenges and opportunities through a lens of optimistic urgency. I will work hard with all of you to articulate and implement a winning strategic vision for Wentworth’s future.
I believe that shared governance of the university is the best way to get everyone involved and motivated to strive for excellence, which is, after all, our common goal.
I thank you for the warm welcome extended to me and my family as we’ve learned more about Wentworth and settled in the area. With your confidence and support, I am beginning my presidency on a solid foundation.
Mark A. Thompson