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Dr. Richard Wylie

Dr. Richard Wylie

Boston, MA

Ascend Action Plan: Dr. Richard Wylie is President of Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, and founder of Keys to Degrees, an on-campus program for enrolled student parents and their children that provides housing as well as high-quality early childhood education.  Dr. Wylie is conducting programmatic research, elevating success stories, and influencing policy for postsecondary education and student parents.  Through this work, he hopes to expand the Keys to Degrees model from 11 colleges, with two emerging member universities, to 16.  This national replication effort encourages and supports colleges and universities across the country to serve as pathways to economic security for vulnerable student parents.  He also seeks to expand an alliance of colleges and universities with similar residential two-generation programs across the country, many of which have developed models based on Keys to Degrees.  

Dr. Wylie is also partnering with Ascend Fellow Gloria Perez through an emerging two-generation program at Endicott College’s Boston campus to prototype a new model and delivery system that will increase the number of participants and reduce costs for institutions providing two-generation services.  

Biography: Dr. Richard Wylie is the fifth President of Endicott College.  He became President after successful careers as a professor at the University of Connecticut, a division chair and dean at Temple University, University of Colorado and a vice president at Lesley University.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University and a master’s and doctorate from Boston University. Dr. Wylie authored numerous publications for professional journals.  He authored monographs, book chapters, and a wide variety of children’s books.

He served as President of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits more than 2500 schools, colleges, and universities in New England.  He has consulted with ministries of education and government agencies in Ethiopia, Portugal, Spain, and Brazil.  His accomplishments have earned him such recognitions as the Jack Mombourquette Award for International Education and the Richard J. Bradley Award for his contributions to school improvement through accreditation in New England. He was one of the founders and first chair of the Board of Trustees for the Urban College of Boston.

Working closely with a dedicated faculty and staff, Endicott College has grown from a small two-year women’s college to one of New England’s higher education great success stories.  Today, Endicott enrolls almost 5,000 students in bachelor, master, and doctoral level programs in Beverly, New England and around the world.

Dr. Wylie sits on numerous boards including banks, corporate, and non-profit agencies.  He is active in all phases of community development. To say that he is a student-centered president would be an understatement.