Organization: Endicott College

Location: Beverly, MA

Express Interest

Endicott College seeks an accomplished, entrepreneurial, and collaborative individual to serve as its inaugural Provost. With a visionary President and a strong and dedicated leadership team, the Provost will build upon Endicott’s historic strengths in teaching excellence, experiential education, and community engagement to advance a clearly articulated holistic academic vision that celebrates the distinctiveness of its constituent parts.  The Provost will be a seasoned leader with a deep understanding of the 21st century higher education landscape and have experience cultivating creative solutions toward ambitious goals and translating them into action.

About Endicott College:

Located just north of Boston in Beverly, Massachusetts, Endicott is a small private college with a strong community and a proven experiential learning model. The ocean-side campus offers state-of-the-art academic, athletic, and recreational facilities and a variety of distinctive residential options in a student-centered environment.  Small class sizes and dedicated faculty and staff have created an academic community that fosters student growth and learning. The experiential learning model, which requires three distinct internships over the course of four years, leads to professional and confident graduates with a 99% career outcome rate.

Endicott College was founded in 1939 by Dr. Eleanor Tupper and her husband, the Reverend Dr. George O. Bierkoe, who shared the vision of creating a college to educate women for greater independence and an enhanced position in the workplace. This was a radical idea in the days near the end of the Depression and just before America’s entry into World War II.

The College was issued its first charter by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1939 and graduated its first class, a group of just 20 students, in 1941. In 1944, it was officially approved by the Commonwealth for the granting of Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. Eight years later in 1952, Endicott was accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In 1988, the College earned four-year status and graduated its first baccalaureate class in 1990. The first coeducational class entered in the fall of 1994, the first graduate programs were introduced in 1996, and in 2012 Endicott became the first college on the North Shore to offer doctoral programs.

Endicott has had five presidents: the Rev. Dr. George O. Bierkoe (1939-1971); Dr. Eleanor Tupper (1971-1980); Dr. Carol Hawkes (1980-86); Dr. Francis Gamelin (interim president, 1986-87); and Dr. Richard E. Wylie (1987-present). Dr. Wylie is credited with much of the College’s current success.

Dr. Wylie assumed the presidency at a time when the school was facing declining enrollments and financial uncertainty. Many acres of College property had been sold, and members of the Board of Trustees were considering bids from other colleges to purchase the school. Between 1987 and 1997, the College implemented a comprehensive strategy to re-energize all aspects of the College, including facilities, academic programs, human resources, and finances.  With the 1988 approvals of the first two baccalaureate programs, Endicott College began its second life.

The undergraduate curriculum has changed over the past twenty years to reflect the needs of the 21st century, encompassing developments in technology, world trade, and heightened professional competition. The undergraduate college offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees through eight distinct schools: arts and sciences, business, communication, education, hospitality management, nursing, sports science and fitness studies, and visual and performing arts. In September 2018, Endicott College will offer the North Shore’s first four-year general engineering degree, opening up opportunities for broad-based STEM education in a steadily growing field.

The Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies offers graduate programs in business administration, education, information technology, interior design, and nursing; and in 2012, Endicott became the first college on the North Shore to offer a doctoral program – the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. Since then, the school has begun four Ph.D. programs in Nursing and Applied Behavioral Analysis. The Van Loan School also supports the Institute of Behavioral Sciences, three executive education programs, many online degree options, and programs at off-campus sites in New England and in Europe.

Endicott’s growth has been remarkable.  Today, the College enrolls more than 2,850 undergraduate students, and more than 2,400 students are enrolled in degree programs through the Van Loan School. There are more than 19,000 living alumni in the United States and throughout the world.

Endicott is a pioneer in internship and experiential learning. All Endicott undergraduate students complete three distinct internships over the course of four years, providing work experience, building confidence, and making important industry contacts. For the second year in a row, Endicott College has been ranked as one of 20 institutions with stellar examples of internships/co-ops by U.S. News and World Report.  Historically, 40-45% of graduates receive their first career position at one of their three former internship sites.

Research is woven throughout the undergraduate academic experience at Endicott. Beginning in freshman year and culminating in the senior thesis project, undergraduate research at Endicott is a major part of its academic philosophy. During a thesis conference held prior to graduation, seniors share their projects with the entire Endicott community.  The Endicott Scholars program gives Endicott’s most ambitious students the opportunity to study topics outside of their majors and from a variety of academic perspectives.

Endicott has 189 full-time faculty and teaching administration (which includes academic deans and chairs with joint teaching and administrative responsibilities), and approximately 200 part-time teaching faculty in the undergraduate college and 225 in the Van Loan School.  Full-time faculty are primarily in the undergraduate college and are members of the Endicott College Faculty Association, part of the National Education Association. Fifty percent of undergraduate classes are taught by full-time faculty. Average class size in the undergraduate college is 17.7; 59% of classes have under twenty students and no classes have over forty students.

As a truly global institution, Endicott has a branch campus in Madrid, Spain, along with several partnerships with international institutions which offer opportunities for students to study and work abroad through semester-long academic study, faculty-led trips, and internships for undergraduate students. Van Loan students may choose from graduate degree programs in international education and business administration, as well as associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs geared toward adults and working professionals through partnerships developed with institutions in Spain, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and Thailand.

The campus, too, has grown significantly over the past thirty years. From the first purchase in 1939 of a Victorian mansion on an estate to accommodate both classrooms and living quarters to its current 235 acres and 56 buildings that include academic centers, residence halls, athletic facilities, an arts center, three beaches, and state-of-the-art technology, today’s Endicott continues to be a beautiful and supportive environment where students and faculty come together as a true community of learners. Approximately 90% of Endicott undergraduate students live in 30 on-campus residence halls and one off-campus site.  Construction has begun on two new interconnected academic buildings totaling approximately 110,000 square feet, scheduled to be completed in 2020. The new buildings will provide academic facilities for the traditional undergraduate college, a new 1,000-seat auditorium, and office and classroom space for the Van Loan School.

In 2017, Endicott College was recognized for the eighth consecutive year as a “Great College to Work For” in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual survey.  Endicott received honors in the following categories: Collaborative Governance; Compensation and Benefits; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Facilities, Workspace and Security; Job Satisfaction; Professional/Career Development Programs; Respect and Appreciation; and Teaching Environment. Endicott is also once again one of 42 institutions on the Honor Roll. Endicott is included in the Princeton Review’s list of the top 375 Green Colleges in the US, noted for having the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities.

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Endicott College Leadership:

Dr. Richard E. Wylie, President

As Endicott College’s fifth president, Dr. Richard E. Wylie is widely credited with spearheading the College’s transformation from a small, two-year school for women to a coeducational institution with national and international reach offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. His entrepreneurial spirit; his open-door policy with students, faculty, and staff; and his hands-on approach to leadership continue to inspire and shape Endicott’s growth.

Assuming the presidency in 1987, Dr. Wylie came at a time when the school was facing declining enrollments and financial uncertainty. With what the Endicott community would come to recognize as his customary optimism and energy, he persuaded the trustees to give him a year to develop a plan to not only save but also expand the College and its offerings. His one-year reprieve has become a thirty-year legacy during which the Endicott community has continued to, as he likes to say, “remember the past, appreciate where we are, and dream about what we can be.”

Earning the nickname “hard-hat president,” he presided over the design, financing, and construction of 26 buildings on the campus including academic facilities, residence halls, sports complexes, and an arts center. An additional 100 acres were acquired, many containing oceanfront properties that have been converted for student use. He has also led the College community in the establishment of fiscal and strategic plans for growth and the expansion of academic programs. More than 90 percent of the degree programs now available at Endicott did not exist in 1987.

Dr. Wylie has spent his entire professional life in the field of education. In his early career, he was a public-school teacher and administrator in Gloucester, Needham, and Walpole, Massachusetts, and a college professor at the University of Connecticut. Prior to assuming the presidency at Endicott, he served as the vice president and dean of the graduate school at Lesley College, the dean of the School of Educational Studies at the University of Colorado at Denver, and a department chair and professor in Temple University’s College of Education. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State College in New Hampshire, and he holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from Boston University.

The Opportunity:

Reporting directly to President Wylie, the Provost will work in close partnership with the President to provide leadership and oversight of educational affairs and activities that contribute to the College’s mission to provide a rich learning environment for students. As a key member of the President’s leadership team, the Provost will play a critical role in advancing the remarkable growth trajectory Endicott has enjoyed under Dr. Wylie’s thirty-year leadership tenure. The Provost will collaborate closely with the Vice President and Dean of the Undergraduate College and the Vice President and Dean of the Van Loan School on academic strategic planning, professional development and evaluation, accreditation, faculty recruitment and development, and curriculum assessment and planning.  The successful candidate will support and empower the Vice Presidents to achieve their educational goals, enrollment and retention targets, growth strategies, and financial objectives. As a leader of faculty, the Provost will actively mentor and develop full-time and part-time faculty while providing leadership for faculty planning and recruitment and retention efforts.

In addition, the Provost will partner with the Vice President for Finance and Administration on budgetary planning and development around academic needs and will play a major role in recommending the allocation of resources, particularly among academic units. Collaboration and cooperation with the Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid will be paramount in developing academic offerings and enrollment strategies that are consistent with the changing landscape of higher education that will accommodate the students, program needs and delivery methods of the future. The Provost will be an articulate and passionate spokesperson for the College, representing the President when indicated and promoting the College’s vision with the Board of Trustees, donors, external agencies, accrediting bodies, and community leaders. The Provost will be supported by a team which includes the Vice President and Dean of the Undergraduate College; the Vice President and Dean of the Van Loan School; the Executive Director of the Research Center; the Dean of International Education; the Associate Director of Academic Technology; and have oversight of academic grants and contracts.

The Provost will propose and manage academic budgets as part of the yearly process, working closely with the Vice President of Finance. In addition, the Provost will propose budgets for new initiatives.

The Provost will represent the President on all academic affairs with the Board of Trustees.  In addition, this role will coordinate the various President’s Advisory Boards.

As a new position, the Provost’s responsibilities will evolve according to interests and experience with key responsibilities and opportunities as follows:

Maintaining and advancing Endicott College’s entrepreneurial approach to professional development and liberal arts education
Endicott College’s founding Provost will continue to integrate professional and liberal arts with experiential learning to support the intellectual and professional development of all its students.  Endicott’s success has been extraordinary in terms of sustained enrollment increases, career preparation and placement, and development of programs that anticipate the needs of the marketplace.  This success has been fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit which combines hard work and risk tolerance. The new Provost will be called upon to be a standard-bearer of this philosophy and to be a leader in the effort to ensure that Endicott graduates are distinctly profession-ready within a culture that prioritizes teaching excellence and community engagement.

Cultivating and promoting an integrated academic vision that provides alignment between the undergraduate college and the Van Loan School
Endicott College consists of two academic units that share an underlying mission but consist of distinct and diverse student populations, faculty structures, and programmatic and educational objectives.  The importance of developing a more integrated overarching academic vision for the college as a whole has been championed both internally and externally, including by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  The Provost will play a critical role in this alignment and integration while respecting and upholding the distinctive nature of each unit and their individual mandates.

Developing and implementing a data-driven approach to program development and assessment
Endicott College has enjoyed a long history of strong financial performance, powered in part by an agility in creating opportunities that are responsive to student needs. The Provost will collaborate with the President and the Vice Presidents to use data to evaluate existing programs to determine their efficacy and perpetuation and to build new academic programs, leading to sustained financial strength and new revenue streams. As a responsible steward of financial resources, the Provost will be engaged in identifying trends in higher education nationally and locally; building revenue streams including in online and adult education programs; and leveraging leading-edge technology in teaching and learning.

Advancing an inclusive, collaborative faculty culture aligned with Endicott’s mission and vision for the future
The Provost and the academic leadership team have a vital role in recruiting, mentoring, and retaining a diverse group of faculty, both full-time and part-time, with varying expectations for teaching loads, administrative responsibilities, and scholarly output.  Among the priorities at Endicott for the incoming Provost is to identify opportunities for faculty collaboration across departments and schools to encourage intellectual partnerships and operational efficiencies. The Provost will preserve and contribute toward the culture of shared governance while building a more unified vision of the faculty as a whole within the distinct expectations and objectives of full-time and part-time, Van Loan and undergraduate college, union, and non-union faculty.

Candidate Profile:

The new Provost will be a creative leader who can lead in a shared governance environment, inspire faculty and staff, and effectively work with leaders across campus. Strong candidates will have demonstrated the ability to work with other senior leaders on strategy, planning, and financial management, and with academic leaders on program and curricular development. The incoming Provost will be an academic entrepreneur who has experience with design and delivery of creative educational technologies, global education, and multi­disciplinary collaboration and have knowledge of higher education trends, budgeting, planning, personnel, and curricular assessment processes. An earned doctorate and evidence of a passionate commitment to teaching excellence and to students is required, in addition to a record of scholarship and service. Experience supporting philanthropic efforts with donors, partnerships, and grants is highly desirable.

The Provost will have demonstrated experience as a strong academic leader and will possess a keen understanding of the changes and future direction of higher education. A respect for and commitment to the ideals of an Endicott College education—experiential education, inclusive community, continuous growth and development—is essential. Ideal candidates will have the ability to lead through collaborative and shared decision-making, and will have experience with attaining goals and effectively nurturing and advancing change. Essential is the ability to build and maintain strong and collegial relationships with students, faculty, administration, and trustees.

Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following capabilities and attributes:

  • Significant experience as a successful senior academic leader within higher education, with responsibilities that include academic program development, curriculum, personnel, strategic planning, and accreditation;
  • Ability to formulate and articulate sound policies and demonstrated ability to identify, resolve, and consult on a wide range of administrative and academic personnel issues with a clear sense of institutional needs and priorities;
  • Experience assessing academic programs and using assessment results to ensure innovation and high quality in existing programs as well as to develop new programs;
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills and the ability to listen to diverse voices and to articulate vision and inspire individuals both internally and externally;
  • An appreciation and aptitude for synthesizing, interpreting, utilizing, and communicating data to inform, support and execute decision-making and implementation;
  • Demonstrated approachability and a style that conveys and engenders respect, openness and thoughtful discourse;
  • Ability to effectively deal with ambiguity and complexity while providing steady leadership toward achieving goals;
  • Unparalleled personal integrity, ethics, and initiative.


Endicott College has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to assist in this search. Please submit applications, expressions of interest, and nominations to Liz Neumann and Amy Sugin here.

Endicott College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations advancing equal employment.  The College’s objective is to employ individuals qualified and/or trainable for open positions by virtue of job-related education, training, experience and qualifications without regard to sex, race, religion, color, age, physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin or citizenship, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy or any other status protected by law.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with higher education, nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit