Becker Trustees Name Joseph W. Bascuas Interim President

Published on Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

The Becker College Board of Trustees has named Joseph W. Bascuas, Ph.D. as interim president. The board confirmed the recommendation from its Executive committee at their annual meeting, held September 26, on the College’s Leicester campus.

“Dr. Bascuas has been on campus for two weeks and has already begun to put his experience to work at Becker,” said John Prosser, chair of the Board of Trustees. “His focus on students, faculty, and his prior successes at a small, private college and at a large university, will be of great advantage.”

Bascuas brings more than 25 years of experience in higher education to Becker College. Most recently, he served as president of Medaille College, Buffalo, N.Y., a private institution that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, from 2002 through 2006. Bascuas successfully took Medaille through an accreditation and strategic planning; completed a $2.4million capital campaign; nearly doubled revenue and undergraduate freshman to sophomore retention; and increased overall and undergraduate enrollment as well as the number of resident students.

As founding president of the for-profit, Argosy University Atlanta, Ga. campus, Bascuas spent 12 years with the Argosy Education Group. During his tenure, the Argosy corporate entity grew from three to thirteen campuses, offering undergraduate and graduate programs in business, education, and psychology, two law schools, and one technology-focused school. Bascuas increased enrollment and revenues at all campuses, introduced new programs at five campuses, and hired presidents at two campuses.

Previously, Bascuas has held administrative and teaching positions at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology, Antioch University, Nova/Southeastern University and Salve Regina University. He has held a number of positions with professional boards and associations, most recently as site visit team chair for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and he has served on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Presidents Council.

Bascuas has written and co-authored numerous papers on psychological topics and has presented at symposia and conferences. He received a B.A. from LaSalle University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Temple University.

The trustees also discussed the search criteria and are finalizing the process they will employ to fill the permanent position of president.  Presidential searches at colleges and universities typically last from 6 to 12 months. The search committee of will consist of representatives from the  college’s various constituencies, including the board, faculty, and student body, as well as one or more community leaders.