President Zorica Pantić - Longer Biography
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 $22 million in private and corporate donations; launched five new engineering-specific bachelor’s degree programs in biomedical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering-interdisciplinary, and mechanical engineering; 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.
Dr. Pantić provides support and leadership for many organizations regionally and nationally including serving as:
- Member of the Board of Directors for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC);
- Member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAPICU);
- Member of the Executive Committee member for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts (AICUM);
- Vice Chair of the National Commission on Cooperative Education (NCCE).
Dr. Pantić served on Governor Deval Patrick’s STEM Advisory Council and is co-chair of the STEM Diversity Subcommittee; was an appointed board member for the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board; was a chairperson of an independent review panel of experts created by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA); and served on the City of Boston’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Task Force. Her leadership has been recognized with honors and awards from numerous organizations including the 2007 Leading Women Award by the Girl Scouts, Patriots’ Trail Council, and the 2006 Women of Excellence Award by the Boston National Association of Women Business Owners.
Before joining Wentworth in 2005, Dr. Pantić served as the director of the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and the founding dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) – one of just 10 female engineering deans in the U.S. at the time. At all academic institutions, she developed active outreach and retention programs that resulted in significant increase in the number of female and underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines.
Dr. Pantić earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Nis in Serbia, where she is currently serving as the President of the Alumni Association.