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Brief Update on Presidential Search Process

November 30, 2018 

Dear Wentworth Faculty, Staff, and Students:

On behalf of the Presidential Search Committee (PSC), I would like to share with you that the Committee completed its work developing and finalizing a position specification for the next president. The Wentworth community’s input that was gathered was integral to defining the presidential position profile. Community input included 14 listening sessions with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and university advisers as well as feedback received via an anonymous survey, which included 476 survey participants.

Through this broad series of discussions, survey results, and outreach, the University community has articulated key priorities and opportunities for the next president, which include the following as part of the finalized position specification:

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 it 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. 

The presidential position profile is incorporated into a digital prospectus about Wentworth. Here is a link to the digital prospectus located on the landing page of the University’s website:  Digital Prospectus. Here is the link to the position profile: Role.

With the position profile finalized, our search firm, Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA), is currently seeking presidential candidates.  We ask that you share the digital prospectus and role description with your professional colleagues. Please share that nominations, inquiries, and applications should be sent directly to RRA at: Wentworth@russellreynolds.com

I look forward to providing you with regular updates on this presidential search process.

Thank you for your time and valuable input into this process. 

Sincerely,

Gregory B. Janey, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee