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; 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 holds positions in a number of professional organizations, including:
• Chair, Presidents’ Council of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA)
• Chair, Presidents’ Board of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC Division III Athletic Conference)
• Chair, Advisory Board for the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI)
• Board of Directors, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM)
• Board of Directors, Worcester Regional Research Bureau
• Corporator, Country Bank
• Corporator, Greater Worcester Community Foundation
• Honorary Chair, “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
In May 2020, she was invited by the Worcester Mayor to serve on the Worcester Economic Recovery Committee Taskforce regarding the impact of COVID-19 and the City’s recovery and reopening plans. She is also an active member of:
• Worcester Economic Club
• NCAA Division III President’s Advisory Group
• Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
• The Council of Independent Colleges
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.