WBZ Business Breakfast: Getting Into College or Trade School: Exploring The Options Panelist Bios

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North Shore Community College, Danvers, MA

Gentile became the fourth President of North Shore Community College on January 1, 2014. Since joining NSCC, President Gentile has: launched a “North Shore Promise” pilot that will make community college free for up to 100 eligible students; created the CommUniverCity at Lynn, a comprehensive concept for pathways from pre-K through 12, into NSCC, to bachelor degree completion and into the workforce; led the 3-story 37,000 square foot addition/expansion of the college’s Lynn campus; facilitated the continuation of NSCC’s culinary arts certificate and degree program and the cosmetology certificate program, both credit trade programs at a new Middleton site; created a five-year Strategic Plan; updated the college’s Master Plan with a focus on Lynn and integration of the CommUniverCity as well as developing an advisory task force of business leaders for culinary arts and food to table sustainability integration; and is leading a multi-year fundraising strategy to secure additional revenues through enhanced philanthropic support.

Under her leadership, NSCC has been recognized by the US Department of Education as one of the top 25 colleges in the country effectively serving low-income students. Most recently North Shore was ranked 23rd in the nation, and at the top of the 15 Massachusetts community colleges, for serving adult learners.

Prior to NSCC, President Gentile worked at Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey overseeing enrollment management, noncredit services, workforce development, personal development and contractual programs (including the Health Professions Institute and Casino Career Institute in Atlantic City, the Technology Studies Institute, and the Institute for Service Excellence, as well as all customized training contracts and consulting services for business and industry in both Atlantic and Cape May counties), college resource development and the college’s Foundation, public relations and communication services and was appointed the COO of the college’s Cape May County Campus in 2009.

Prior to Atlantic Cape, Dr. Gentile served in executive positions with several nonprofit organizations – as the Chief Operating Officer of the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington DC, Chief Executive Officer of two large mid-Atlantic Girl Scout Councils and the Women’s Humane Society in Pennsylvania. She has served as a volunteer member and as an officer on several nonprofit boards of directors, including the executive board of the Cape May County Chamber.

Dr. Gentile holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude, and an MBA with a joint major in Finance and Public Policy/Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was awarded The Alfred G. Buehler Fellowship in Public Finance. She received her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Higher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Deborah D. Wright
Dean, College of Professional & Continuing Education
Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, MA

Wright is the Dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Education at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Her career has focused on providing access to education for adult learners and that remains true in her work at Wentworth. Deborah speaks on and champions programs that provide opportunities for adult learners that include prior learning assessment (PLA) and competency based education (CBE). Most recently she is involved in partnering apprenticeship programs with higher education opportunities with the Department of Labor. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher education administration and has also worked in corporate training and business consulting. Prior to her position at Wentworth, she served as director of the Center for the Adult Learner at Lesley University and the Vice-President for Adult Studies at Montreat College.

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Dr. Richard Wylie
Endicott College, Beverly, MA

Wylie is the fifth president of Endicott College. He became president of Endicott after a successful career as a professor at the University of Connecticut, a department chair at Temple University, dean at the University of Colorado, and a vice president and dean at Lesley University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University and a master’s and doctorate from Boston University.

Dr. Wylie has authored numerous publications for professional journals, as well as monographs, book chapters, and a variety of children’s books and curriculum materials.

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 Dr. Jack Mombourquette Award for International Education, the Dr. Richard J. Bradley Award for his contributions to school improvement through accreditation in New England, and he was recently named an Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow. 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 5,200 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.

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Kaitlin Mulhere
Reporter, MONEY Magazine, New York, NY

Kaitlin is a writer at MONEY, where her beat includes financial aid, student debt, and producing the magazine’s Best Colleges ranking. She’s covered education at every level, from small-town K-12 schools at The Keene Sentinel in New Hampshire to national higher education issues at Inside Higher Ed. Her work has been recognized by the New Hampshire Press Association and the New England Newspaper & Press Association.


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