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.
Deeply committed to preparing Becker students for the uncertainty of a rapidly changing world, 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.
With her leadership, accomplishments include:
- Successful NECHE reaccreditation;
- New College vision and mission statements;
- The creation of a comprehensive three-year Strategic Plan;
- New and renovated facilities, including the Colleen C. Barrett Center, dedicated to enhancing academic programs and entrepreneurial ventures; the Worcester Campus Dining Hall; and the creation of a garden, green space, and walking path in a park-like setting on the Worcester Campus;
- National and international recognition as an institution offering excellence in academic programs: The Princeton Review’s “Best College” in the U.S.; national and statewide recognition as a College of Distinction; and a 4th in the world distinction for the interactive media design program from The Princeton Review;
- Strengthening of a campus culture of innovation that encourages creative and divergent thinking;
- Enhancement of a supportive and inclusive learning and living environment;
- Launch of the College’s 4th and 5th schools: The School of Humanities & Social Sciences, and The School of Graduate & Professional Studies;
- Strengthening and enhancing academic programs, including new on-campus and online programs.
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 spearheaded the development of new graduate programs, overseen 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 in student affairs.
She is involved in a number of professional organizations, including the Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce, 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, and the President’s Trust of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. . In 2018, she was selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Worcester Regional Research Bureau. 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 the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), 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 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.
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