Becker College Presidential Inauguration
Published on: April 24, 2019
Bagpipe music filled the Leicester gymnasium as more than 500 guests rose on Friday, April 5th, 2019 to watch President Nancy P. Crimmin take the stage for her official inauguration. President Crimmin is the College’s 11th – and first woman – president.
“This ceremony is not actually about me, but is, rather, about the institution and community of Becker College,” President Crimmin said in her inaugural address. “This symbolic ceremony marks the passage of time in our history, and moves us towards the future and our vision. It serves to showcase the importance of our institution to the community, and provide us with an opportunity to gather and join together in celebration.”
A celebration it was. The gym was transformed into an elegant hall with the college’s colors taking center stage. Blue swags and white lights hung from the ceiling which lit the way to a stage lined with tulips. The campus community joined distinguished guests including Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, State Senator Michael Moore, members of Becker College’s Board of Trustees, representatives from area colleges, and local community leaders. Lt. Gov. Polito took the stage to deliver a speech on behalf of the Commonwealth. She remarked on Becker’s strong history and ability to educate students for jobs that may not even exist yet.
“As you think about the roots and the history of all those who’ve come before you in this institution, you have to also take note and be very, very proud that you are also one of our most innovative and creative institutions in this country,” said Lt Gov. Polito. “That doesn’t just happen. You have leadership in this institution that has always thought about that. How are we going to be relevant? How are we going to be current?”
President Crimmin has consistently kept her eye toward the future since becoming interim president in 2017. She has overseen the creation of new vision and mission statements for the College, a new three-year strategic plan, and oversaw successful reaccreditation from NEASC/NECHE. In addition, under her leadership, the College opened new and renovated spaces such as the Colleen C. Barrett Center and the launch of the College’s 4th and 5th Schools, The School of Humanities & Social Sciences, and The School of Graduate & Professional Studies. President Crimmin has more than 30 years’ experience in higher education. Many of those years she spent working directly with students, giving her the unofficial title of “the students’ president.”
“To see a woman in a non-traditional role as the president of a college is meaningful to me,” said Adrianna Dowdy as she addressed the audience as an expected member of the 2019 graduating class and as a student athlete. “It inspires me to continue working toward my goals for the future. Quite simply Dr. Crimmin cares about Becker College and every single student.”
More than 100 students came to support President Crimmin during her inauguration. They wore specially designed rainbow colored inauguration t-shirts. President Crimmin delivered a specific message to them as they cheered her from the stands.
“My vision for the future of Becker, and for the future of education, is that there will be no boundaries or ‘special categories’ for our young people. But, rather, a celebration of the intersectionality of all identities,” said President Crimmin. “My wish for all young people is for them to set their sights on their futures and believe, deep in their hearts, that anything – and everything – is possible.”
In honor of the inauguration, Becker College created The Nancy P. Crimmin Presidential Scholarship Fund. The endowed scholarship will support first-generation college students, a cause President Crimmin knows well. She was a first generation college student and, in her speech, reinforced the value college has to propel students toward a future.
“Education has been, and always will be, the key that unlocks the doors to success, that breaks down barriers, that creates a world of possibilities, that builds self-worth and confidence, that transforms dreams to reality, and that creates a better future for everyone,” said President Crimmin.
To learn more about President Crimmin, read her biography. To give to her scholarship fund, go to The Nancy P. Crimmin Presidential Scholarship Fund page on our website.
View the video of the inauguration ceremony.
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