Richard E. Wylie, President of Endicott College
Dr. Richard E. Wylie is Endicott College’s fifth and current president. Prior to assuming that role in 1987, he served as a professor and administrator at the University of Connecticut, Temple University, the University of Colorado, and Lesley College. He holds a Bachelor degree from Plymouth State College and Master and doctoral degrees from Boston University.
Dr. Wylie has published articles and lectured in the areas of innovative programming for adult learners and international education. He has authored articles on higher education and a monograph on bilingual/multicultural education. In addition, he has published a variety of books for young children. President Wylie has a long and successful history of raising money from foundations and individuals. Throughout his career, President Wylie has been active in international events and programs in more than 30 countries including: Ethiopia, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Bahrain, and Turkey.
Often described as a hands-on president, Dr. Wylie has overseen the remarkable transformation of Endicott College. He has guided Endicott from its position as a small, two-year women’s college to its status as one of the great success stories in higher education today. The College earned four-year status in 1988 and became coeducational in 1994. The undergraduate college has tripled its enrollment to 2,300 full-time, day students; and the College has become increasingly selective, setting strict academic standards for admission and accepting 50% of its applicant pool. In 1996 the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies was founded and now offers Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Science in Technology and Nursing (M.S.), Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)and Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees as well as accelerated Bachelor degrees for adult learners. In December, 2011 the College received approval to offer its first doctoral program, an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Over 2,500 students are enrolled in the graduate school on the Beverly campus and through the College’s network of international sites.
During his tenure, Dr. Wylie has been instrumental in expanding the College’s academic offerings. Over 90% of the degree programs now available at Endicott did not exist in 1987. Most recently the College has created new programs in Biology and Biotechnology, Environmental Science, Political Science, History, Homeland Security, and International Studies. Graduate and undergraduate students are offered opportunities to study on the Endicott campus and around the world in Mexico City, Mexico and Madrid, Spain.
The Beverly campus has seen remarkable change, more than doubling its landmass in the past ten years. A new Center for the Arts, residence halls, a state-of-the-art athletic facility with four new fields, and cutting edge technology are but a few of the latest enhancements. Nearly all of the 48 buildings on campus have undergone redesign or renovation, including a major library addition and a new graduate school building.
Dr. Wylie is very active in higher education in New England and has served on the board of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the board at the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM). He is past President of NEASC. He has received numerous recognitions and awards including the Ascend Fellow from The Aspen Institute. He is also involved in the North Shore community and sits on numerous boards including banks, corporations, and non-profit agencies.