Wentworth this spring filled four big positions that will help shape the university for the foreseeable future.
On May 20, Ian Lapp, Ph.D., was announced as Wentworth’s new senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. Lapp has held positions at Babson College, Harvard University and Columbia University, and worked on public health education programs in Africa, Asia and Europe.
“Dr. Lapp’s entrepreneurial mindset and proven leadership in developing and implementing strategic initiatives make him uniquely qualified for this role at an important time in Wentworth’s history,” said President Mark A. Thompson.
Lapp succeeds Dr. Richard Hansen, who is concluding his second tenure as Wentworth’s interim provost.
The College of Engineering and Computer Science, meanwhile, has a new dean in Dr. José Sánchez. He was most recently an associate professor of engineering at the University of Indianapolis, where he served as the founding associate dean and director of the engineering programs at the R.B. Annis School of Engineering.
During his tenure as associate dean, Sánchez launched seven engineering programs that supported more than 250 students. In addition to creating these new programs, he led the accreditation, facilities planning, strategic planning and staffing efforts for the school, and engaged with industry partners and community leaders to advance the school’s agenda.
Sánchez follows Dr. Ali Khabari, who stepped into the role of interim dean after the retirement of Fred Driscoll last year.
The Center for Professional and Continuing named Darrell W. LeMar as its inaugural executive director. He will lead The Center’s community outreach, identifying links between Wentworth’s academic programs that enhance corporate, agency and workforce development.
LeMar most recently served as executive director of workforce development for Bunker Hill Community College and previously held positions at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.
Finally, Nicole Price was named in June as the Institute’s inaugural vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Price brings 20 years of advocacy work focused on underserved and underrepresented populations, including developing and leading comprehensive DEI strategies and programs in higher education, serving as a Title IX coordinator, establishing career pipeline programs, leading admissions, and serving as a legal advocate for immigration and other issues.
Price will strategically lead a comprehensive framework for moving the university forward to create a welcoming and inclusive learning and working environment.