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Wentworth Institute of Technology is embarking on a search for its next president. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the president will provide visionary leadership and strategic management of the University. Exemplifying best practices in shared governance, the president will initiate, guide, and support Wentworth’s educational, research, creative, and service missions. The president will build on the University’s strong foundation and legacy of offering top-notch educational and experiential learning opportunities. The president will elevate Wentworth to new heights as a higher educational leader in this twenty-first century innovation and knowledge economy.
The following positions report to the President:
- Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
- Vice President for Business
- Vice President for Enrollment Management
- Vice President for Executive Affairs
- Vice President for Finance/CFO
- Vice President for Human Resources
- Vice President for Institutional Advancement
- Vice President for Student Affairs
- Vice President for Technology Services/ CIO
- General Counsel
This is not only an exciting time at Wentworth but also in the higher education world more broadly. The next president faces a rapidly changing environment that is unprecedented: new and exciting learning models and technologies; employers seeking STEM graduates with critical “soft” skills including interpersonal, communication, critical thinking, teamwork, etc.; students with increasing resource support and financial needs; the value proposition of higher education under public scrutiny; resource-constrained institutions seeking multi-faceted, high-impact partnerships; and a flattening of demand among traditional college-bound populations, especially in the Northeast, while the need for workforce development has never been more important to the economy. The next president at Wentworth will have the opportunity to chart the next pivotal course in Wentworth’s evolution in becoming a nationally-recognized leader in engineering, design, management, and sciences education.
Through a broad series of discussions, surveys, and other outreach, the University community has articulated key priorities and opportunities for the next President, which include the following:
Lead with vision
- Anticipate the rapidly changing dynamics of the enrollment market (especially in the northeast) and develop a vision for Wentworth’s distinctive role in providing transformative and hands-on learning experiences with the Wentworth community;
- Unite the Institute’s constituencies to work together toward common goals in service of that vision;
- Inspire and actively cultivate innovation and creativity in all of Wentworth’s endeavors, especially within the curriculum and our existing experiential learning culture;
- Enact efforts to better understand the evolving needs of students and thereby enhance their experience, in and out of the classroom, through improvements in affordability, retention, and graduation rates; and
- Foster a nascent culture of shared governance, building on the momentum to date and exploring opportunities to implement more comprehensively.
Institutional capacity building
- Support a culture in which recruiting, developing, and retaining talented faculty members and staff is understood as paramount to strengthening the University;
- Cultivate a positive, respectful work and learning environment for students, staff, and faculty; and
- Lead the proactive recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, faculty, staff, and administration, actively seeking to strengthen a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming Wentworth culture.
Raising visibility and resources
- Strengthen and build mutually beneficial industry, corporate, university, government, and community partnerships, particularly those that enhance experiential learning and career opportunities for students;
- Raise the Institute’s visibility and promote the Institute to a wider audience beyond the greater Boston area to attract students outside of the region who could benefit from the transformative power of a Wentworth education;
- Develop stronger connections to business and industry to grow continuing education programs, enhance options for co-op programs, and increase corporate giving;
- Enhance the University’s long-term financial sustainability through strategic investments and prudent stewardship of resources; and
- Strengthen ties with alumni and lead ambitious fundraising efforts to grow the endowment and support the Institute’s mission and developed vision.
Key Success Factors
The Wentworth community is focused on the next president bringing a personal approach and professional experiences that includes excellence in the following areas:
- Experience as an inspirational leader, ideally in the higher education sector;
- Track record of successful fundraising or the demonstrated potential and alacrity to lead such efforts;
- Familiarity with experiential learning at the college or university level, perhaps including co-op programs, internships, or hands-on pedagogy;
- Well-honed communication skills, including public speaking, writing, and listening;
- Consultative and collaborative decision-maker;
- The highest moral and ethical standards;
- Appreciation for what makes Wentworth distinctive and special;
- Increasingly responsible managerial experience in similarly complex organizations; and
- Motivational role model, mentor, and developer of faculty, staff, and students.