President Zorica Pantić
For more than 30 years, Dr. Zorica Pantić has been an academic entrepreneur, technology advocate, agent for change, and a champion for diversity, making a positive impact at regional, state, and national levels. As Wentworth’s first female president and the first female engineer to lead a higher education institution of technology in the United States, Dr. Pantić’s leadership is exemplified by her strategic thinking and vision for implementing key initiatives and programs that advance educational opportunities for students pursuing studies in engineering, technology, design, sciences, and management.
At Wentworth, Dr. Pantić manages efforts related to 4,000 students and more than 400 faculty and staff and oversees the Institute’s operating budget of $95 million. She is advancing Wentworth’s mission of providing a comprehensive interdisciplinary, project-based education in engineering, technology, design and management that integrates classroom, laboratory, studio, cooperative and experiential learning resulting in a career-ready, skilled professional and engaged citizen. Under her leadership, Wentworth has increased its enrollment by 9.6%; raised more than $25 million in private and corporate donations; launched new bachelor’s degree programs in biomedical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering-interdisciplinary, and mechanical engineering and additional programs will be implemented in Fall 2012; launched its first master’s programs in Architecture and Construction Management; restructured the academic organization into a four college system to increase efficiencies and enhance multi-disciplinary educational opportunities; commenced construction on two new and renovated facilities–a modern campus center and a Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering; and developed a variety of outreach programs to increase the diversity of the student body.