Becker’s Top Academic Leader gets 2017 Pillar Award

Published on Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Becker College congratulates Dr. Nancy Crimmin, Senior Vice President and Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officer, for being named the 2017 Pillar of the Profession by Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). This prestigious award is given out annually to education leaders who are recognized by colleagues and students for extraordinary service and significant contributions to the higher education field.

“This recognition formally acknowledges something we at Becker have known for a long time – that Dr. Crimmin is an exceptional leader, a passionate educator, and an outstanding advocate for student success,” remarked Becker College President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D. “It is rare to find someone who is so revered by so many in the college community and within the field of higher education.”

“Nancy is one of those humble student affairs leaders—one who has been a long-standing NASPA volunteer who does not seek the spotlight or recognition for her work. She is the embodiment of the attributes of a pillar of our profession, and is most-deserving of this recognition,” said Lori White, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Washington University, St. Louis, and chair of the NASPA Board of Directors. (Crimmin is pictured above, at the podium, with Lori White, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Washington University, St. Louis, and chair of the NASPA Board of Directors, to the left)

Crimmin received the award at the 99th annual national NASPA conference which took place in San Antonio, Texas on March 13, 2017. A member of NASPA for 15 years, she chaired this year’s conference and has long been involved in NASPA activities. Crimmin served a three-year term on the National Foundation Board, served two terms on the NASPA Board of Directors, and was the past Region I Vice President for NASPA.

“To be able to do what you love every day is a gift, so to be acknowledged by your peers for something you cherish doing, is humbling,” said Crimmin about receiving the award.

Crimmin, who in May will be taking over as Interim President, began her tenure at Becker as the Vice President for Student Affairs in 2012. She was promoted four years later to Senior Vice President, Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officer. Since arriving at Becker, Crimmin has overseen the development of new graduate programs, the integration of career education and advising, and engineered the reorganization of Becker academics to better align educational interests, collaboration between programs, and enhancement of the student experience.

Before Becker, Crimmin worked at Assumption College, Alverno College, and Curry College where she has always been dedicated to student success. Crimmin is the biggest supporter of Becker students in all their collegial endeavors and is a fixture at Becker sporting events and campus activities.

Crimmin holds a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Johnson and Wales University School of Education, a master’s of science degree in counseling and student personnel services from Springfield College, and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Stonehill College.