Nancy P. Crimmin, Ed.D.
President, Becker College, Worcester, Massachusetts
Nancy P. Crimmin became the 11th president of Becker College—and its first woman president—in 2017, bringing to the College more than 30 years of experience in higher education.
She is a passionate and tireless advocate for students, and deeply committed to preparing them for the uncertainty of a rapidly changing world. To this end, she has worked on developing Becker’s value proposition in the higher education marketplace: the Agile Mindset. It is part of the DNA of the institution, infused into the curriculum and campus culture, and serves to future-proof students by providing them with the knowledge, skills, agility, and ability to be innovators, entrepreneurs, job creators, and visionary leaders.
Dr. Crimmin began her journey at Becker College as the vice president for student affairs in 2012, and was promoted to senior vice president, chief academic and student affairs officer four years later. Since arriving at Becker, she has been dedicated to providing a supportive and inclusive living and learning community for students. She spearheaded the development of new graduate programs, oversaw the integration of career education and advising, and engineered the reorganization of Becker academics to better align educational interests and collaboration between programs. This reorganization was devised with a particular focus on enhancing the student experience, creating student leadership opportunities, and assembling a team dedicated to student development and best practices.
She is involved in a number of professional organizations, including the Worcester Economic Club, the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA), the Council of Independent Colleges, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), and the President’s Trust of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She is also an active member of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. In 2018, she was selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Worcester Regional Research Bureau. . In 2019, she was nominated to serve as Corporator of CountryBank, named to the Board of Directors of AICUM, and named Honorary Chair of “Power of the Purse,” a Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts that supports violence prevention programs for adolescent girls. She is also Chair of the Advisory Board for the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI). She served a three-year term on the National Foundation Board for NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, chaired the 99th annual NASPA conference in San Antonio, Texas, in March 2017, and served as the Region I Vice President for NASPA (2008-2010) and on various regional board positions over the past 15 years.
Often recognized by her peers, Dr. Crimmin received the Mary Tobin Senior Student Affairs Award from the former Massachusetts Association for Women in Education and the NASPA Continuous Service Award for Region I. In 2017, Dr. Crimmin was honored with the 2017 NASPA Foundation Pillars of the Profession Award—selected by members of NASPA to honor her lasting contribution to the field and the organization as a student affairs professional.
Dr. Crimmin holds a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Johnson and Wales University School of Education, an M.S. in counseling and student personnel services from Springfield College, and a B.A. in psychology from Stonehill College. She is a sought-after speaker on issues impacting higher education, student affairs, women in leadership, and more.