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 a wealth of experience from a long and distinguished career in higher education administration.
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.
Through her visionary and strategic leadership, the College has launched a new mission and vision and a three-year strategic plan; formed two new schools (for a total of five); opened the new Colleen C. Barrett Center on the Worcester Campus; overseen the development of new, cutting-edge academic programs; increased retention and graduation rates; spearheaded the creation of a garden and greenspace on the Worcester Campus; created a cross-collaborative environment; and, through her commitment to “students first,” unified the Becker College community to ensure students receive the greatest benefits from a supportive and inclusive learning and living experience.
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 elected to serve as Corporator of CountryBank, named to the Board of Directors of AICUM, elected as a Corporator for the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and named Honorary Chair of “Power of the Purse,” a fundraising event for the 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 20 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.