Wentworth Institute of Technology — Provost

Wentworth Institute of Technology was founded in 1904 by Arioch Wentworth in response to the skills gap brought on by the industrial revolution. Wentworth has grown significantly in size and diversity of programs but remains true to its mission: empowering learners with the sought-after skills they need to be successful in STEM, design, and business fields. 

Today, Wentworth is highly regarded university offering a powerful hands-on, future-focused, and career-ready education to students from diverse backgrounds. The majority of Wentworth’s 4,300 students are enrolled in 22 bachelor’s degree programs in areas including engineering, architecture, computer science, applied mathematics, sciences, business management, construction management, and design. Humanities, social sciences, sciences, and mathematics provide a critical component across all programs while fostering holistic student development. 

In 2017, Wentworth earned university status in Massachusetts after expanding academic offerings and campus facilities and successfully launching graduate programs in computer science, architecture, civil engineering, construction management, facility management, and technology management. The growth of these programs has accelerated in recent years, with additional offerings on the horizon. 

Wentworth became a residential campus approximately twenty years ago and 2,200 students call the campus home today. The university offers the benefits of a vibrant, student-focused, small-college environment, surrounded by everything that an academically and culturally vibrant city has to offer. It employs approximately 500 full-time employees and 170 part-time employees and has an annual operating budget of $136 million with an endowment valued at approximately $152 million.

Wentworth’s reputation as an institution offering life-changing education begins with its students, who have a reputation for being hardworking and humble, taking advantage of its hands-on, active learning model, which starts in the first year, includes a cooperative education component, and culminates with a capstone experience. Wentworth offers more than 60 state-of-the-art laboratories, studios, and other interactive learning spaces. Students in their first year are likely to venture from the classroom into one of these spaces to create and learn. 

Wentworth has been recognized in national and regional rankings by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and The Wall Street Journal, and singled out by the Brookings Institution, Fortune, and PayScale for its high return on investment and alumni occupational earnings power. 

Wentworth comprises five schools:

  • School of Architecture and Design
  • School of Computing and Data Science
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Management
  • School of Sciences and Humanities

Reporting to the President, the Provost is the chief academic officer and will provide inspirational leadership that brings together the rich diversity of disciplines, experiences and backgrounds of the faculty, students, and staff. Exemplifying best practices in shared governance, the Provost should be a listener, a leader and a consensus builder, helping to unify the campus community and also foster educational, research, creative endeavors. The Provost should continue to build on the University’s strong foundation and legacy of offering top-notch educational and experiential learning opportunities and serve as a partner to the President and the Deans and faculty in leading the Institute in the twenty-first century innovation and knowledge economy. 

The successful candidate for the position of Provost should hold an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree and will demonstrate strong academic credentials, an appreciation for teaching and research, an entrepreneurial spirit, and managerial acumen. The Provost will embody and demonstrate a collaborative and consultative leadership approach that unites individual and collective experiences and aspirations. 

All inquiries, expressions of interest, and nominations should be sent to: WITProvost@russellreynolds.com

Wentworth Institute of Technology is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all University programs and activities. The University does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, veteran status or any other category protected by law. All qualified applicants will receive consideration. To find out more about Wentworth’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, please visit the website https://wit.edu/about/diversityAll applicants have the right to accessibility support and accommodations. To request accessibility support or accommodations, contact the Executive Director of Equity and Compliance, Catlin Wells, at wellsc1@wit.edu

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