Nichols College News

Dr. Susan West Engelkemeyer Named President

On April 28th, Chairman of the Board of Trustees John H. McClutchy Jr. announced the selection of Dr. Susan West Engelkemeyer as the seventh president of Nichols College. Dr. Engelkemeyer will begin her post on August 1, 2011.

“An accomplished and energetic leader in business education, Dr. Engelkemeyer will lead the College into its third century of providing an exceptional outcomes-based education and will work with the Board to realize our shared vision of Nichols as a premier business college in New England,” said Chairman McClutchy in an announcement to the Dudley campus.

“I have a keen awareness and full appreciation of the mission of Nichols College as an institution focused primarily on a career-centered business education,” says Dr. Engelkemeyer. “Its celebrated history and impressive track record for producing business leaders offers the perfect opportunity for strategic leadership and innovative solutions. I am prepared to enable Nichols to honor its past and chart a course to an even more vibrant and prosperous future.”

Biography of Susan West Engelkemeyer

Engelkemeyer was appointed Dean of the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2009.  As the chief academic officer for the College, she was responsible for approximately 2,000 students, 42 full-time faculty, 20 part-time faculty, 8 staff members, and a budget of more than $7.5 million. Her role encompassed strategic planning, curricular innovation, operational planning and budgeting, personnel hiring, development and evaluation, and fund raising for the College.

Engelkemeyer facilitated a radical redesign of the M.B.A. Program at UMass Dartmouth in order to make the program more distinctive and competitive. In addition, she partnered with Administrative and Fiscal Services on the design of a LEED-certified classroom addition to the Charlton College of Business, and working with Institutional Advancement on the case statement and implementation of a $14 million capital campaign for the building. 

Prior to joining UMass Dartmouth, Engelkemeyer served as Dean of the School of Business at Ithaca College from 2005-2009.  Key accomplishments included attaining a 17-year high in undergraduate first-year student enrollment and an all-time high in M.B.A. Program enrollment in 2006.  The strategies employed improved student quality statistics, enabled Ithaca's business programs to be more competitive, and enhanced the brand image of the School. 

At Ithaca, Engelkemeyer partnered with Facilities, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, and Institutional Advancement on a design, building, and campaign project to privately fund the $17 million construction costs for a new School of Business building.  The Park Center, completed in 2008, was awarded LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, a distinction held by only a dozen higher education buildings and no other Schools of Business at that time. In addition to securing donations and pledges for the building campaign, Engelkemeyer was responsible for raising $1.5million in program-related endowments.  She also increased direct/discretionary funding for the School of Business by more than 100% through strategies to increase support from alumni and local business owners and senior managers. 

From 1990 through 2004 Engelkemeyer's professional home was Babson College.  Her responsibilities as a tenure-track faculty member were combined with significant administrative responsibilities that ranged from One Year M.B.A. Program Director, to Fast Track M.B.A. Program Developer, to Director of Quality for the College.  In her early years at Babson, she was a member of the Cabinet who led a transformation initiative that resulted in significant improvements in Babson's competitive position. 

Recent consulting and research interests for Engelkemeyer have focused on systemic organizational change, student outcomes assessment, and key performance indicators.  As part of a seven-year consulting relationship with the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) in Washington, DC, she had primary responsibility for the Summer Academy.  In that role, she coached over 250 campus teams in five-day, project-centered events that focused on strategic change initiatives for colleges and universities.  In her six years as a senior examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Engelkemeyer led team reviews and site visits to colleges and universities, as well as Fortune 500 corporations. The Baldrige Award later asked Engelkemeyer to serve on their 13-member Board of Overseers.

Engelkemeyer holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Management from Clemson University, an M.B.A. from East Carolina University, and a B.A. from Stephens College. She was an entrepreneur for five years prior to pursuing her advanced degrees.  Engelkemeyer has consulted with large manufacturing firms, partnered with a small business broker on the valuation of privately-held businesses, and worked with campuses on using the Baldrige framework and the implementation of assessment systems.  Engelkemeyer's research has been published in the Journal of Innovative Management, Quality Management Journal, and Quality Progress

Professional presentations and workshops for Engelkemeyer range from delivering change management workshops to department chairs for the American Council on Education (ACE), to being an invited speaker for Middle States accreditation training.  Others include participating in a panel discussion with two other deans on the future of business education at Decision Sciences Institute, and delivering two-day leadership workshops to women deans and department chairs throughout the Kingdom as an invited guest of the Minister of Education in Saudi Arabia.    

Engelkemeyer serves on the Board of Directors for GOAL/QPC (a nonprofit organization whose training, products and services focus on quality improvement and performance excellence), and on the Board of Governors for the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honorary Society.  In addition, she is on the Board of Advisors for the Southern New England Entrepreneurship Forum (SNEEF).  Also, Engelkemeyer serves as a mentor and peer review team leader for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), and she was one of 18 members of the Pre-Accreditation Committee (one of three primary accreditation committees) for AACSB.

Engelkemeyer and her husband Dave enjoy family time with their grown children, Kristen and Jason, and particularly with their first grandchild Grace.  She enjoys training in dressage, as well as sea kayaking and beach walking.