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Meet Endicott’s Provost

“Becoming part of this community and helping students succeed is what I care most about. I have ties to New England and feel connected to Endicott’s foundation as a college for women; I’m impressed by the dramatic and positive changes here since, and am fully invested in contributing to the innovation and growth momentum that helps provide the best education for both undergraduate and graduate students. In more ways than one, I feel like I am coming home.”

Dr. Beth M. Schwartz

Provost & Professor of Psychology, Endicott College

Dr. Beth M. Schwartz

Newly-appointed Provost and Professor of Psychology Beth M. Schwartz, Ph.D., brings 30 years of higher education experience to Endicott College. She will begin serving as the College’s chief academic officer July 1, 2020, with the goal of shaping a progressive direction for this student-centered institution. 

Dr. Schwartz holds a Ph.D. in experimental-cognitive psychology and an M.A. in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a B.A. in psychology from Colby College. Prior to joining Heidelberg University in 2015 as Chief Academic Officer, she held several positions during a long tenure at Randolph College (founded as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College) in Lynchburg, Virginia. There Dr. Schwartz started her career in 1991 as Assistant Professor of Psychology, then served as Professor of Psychology, as well as Assistant Dean of the college from 2009 until 2015, preceded by positions as Chair of the Department of Psychology, and Faculty Development Director. During her career, Dr. Schwartz has received numerous grants, honors, and awards, including an award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring from the American Psychology-Law Society, nominee for U.S. Professor of the Year, and a Distinguished Faculty Achievement Certificate from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. While at Randolph College, Dr. Schwartz earned the Katherine Graves Davidson Excellence in Scholarship Award and the Gillie A. Larew Award for Distinguished Teaching. 

Her scholarship focuses on teaching and learning, with numerous published works during her career, including 10 books, 13 book chapters, 14 peer-reviewed journal articles, and more than 50 discipline-specific and higher education presentations..

Dr. Schwartz is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, with membership in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the American Psychology-Law Society, as well as the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Schwartz continues to serve as an ad-hoc reviewer for many journals published in her field.

Her community service and volunteerism with boards and committees includes the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce in Tiffin, Ohio, HumanKind in Lynchburg, Virginia, and E. C. Glass Theatre, also in Lynchburg.

Dr. Schwartz grew up in Merrick, N.Y. and then Framingham, Mass. She now lives with her husband, Robert “Doc” Livingston and their springer spaniel, Riley. She has two daughters, Lauren and Meagan, both currently studying in doctoral programs. When not spending time with family, she enjoys music, gardening, and theater.

Dr. Beth M. Schwartz by the Numbers

For academia, scholarship, and student success, the trajectory goes up.

4.3% Retention Increase
Under Dr. Schwartz’s tenure at Heidelberg University, first-year student retention improved.
5.8% Graduation Rate Boost
Heidelberg University’s four-year graduation rate grew under Dr. Schwartz’s academic leadership.
85+ Scholarly Publications
Throughout her career, Dr. Schwartz has consistently published and presented works covering psychology and higher education.
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A Focus on Academic Excellence
Schwartz is a leader dedicated to academic quality as demonstrated by her own career and higher education journey.
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Actionable Accomplishments
Schwartz’s tenure at Heidelberg University led to overarching improvements in student services, academic programming, and faculty-student research support.
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Sharing Research & Expertise
Lending her vast knowledge in both psychology and higher education, Schwartz has contributed to a high number of publications and presentations, and earned several honors and awards.
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A Strong & Meaningful Network
Professional connections and volunteerism are part of Schwartz’s commitment to lifelong learning and collaborative relationship building, helping to create positive work and life communities.

Schwartz Fits the Profile

The Provost Search Committee developed and referred to this Leadership Profile when considering candidates, to be sure the College’s next provost would represent the forward thinking academic reputation for which Endicott is known.

Committee Communications

Expand the dates below to read each full update sent to the Endicott community.
  • March 24, 2020

    Dear Endicott College Community,

    After a seven month search, 112 resumes, and three excellent and qualified finalists, I am thrilled to announce that Endicott College’s newly appointed Provost is Beth M. Schwartz, Ph.D. As the College’s chief academic officer, Dr. Schwartz will help shape a progressive direction for this student-centered institution. She will also serve as Professor of Psychology.

    Dr. Schwartz brings 30 years of higher education experience, including her current position as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Professor of Psychology at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. Prior to joining Heidelberg in 2015, she held several positions during a long tenure at Randolph College that started in 1991 (founded as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College) in Lynchburg, Virginia, including Professor of Psychology, Assistant Dean of the college, and Chair of the Department of Psychology.

    During her career, Dr. Schwartz has received numerous grants, honors, and awards, including an award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring from the American Psychology-Law Society, nominee for U.S. Professor of the Year, and a Distinguished Faculty Achievement Certificate from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

    Her scholarship focuses on teaching and learning, with numerous published works during her career, including 10 books, 13 book chapters, 14 peer-reviewed journal articles, and more than 50 discipline-specific and higher education presentations.

    While all of these credentials are impressive, her education philosophy is even more so.  Dr. Schwartz believes that the best education for students includes experiences both in and out of the classroom; an immersive collage of liberal arts, applicable industry skills, and experiential learning; and dynamic positive mentoring relationships between faculty and students. This is truly what makes her a great addition to our leadership team.

    I invite you to learn more about Dr. Schwartz on the provost page of our website. Let’s all welcome her warmly to the Nest when she starts in July.

    I want to thank the Provost Search Committee, chaired by Dean Nancy Meedzan, all of you who invested time in this process, and Interim Provost Katie Barnes for her service and dedication to our students.

    Despite the current unprecedented state of the nation and world, and as we all do what we can to flatten the curve of COVID-19, I believe we have a bright future ahead. With the good news of Dr. Schwartz joining us as Provost and Professor of Psychology, this is truly a great time to be a Gull.

    Sincerely,

    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President

  • February 14, 2020

    Dear Endicott College Community,

    I am very pleased to report that our provost search has been narrowed to three finalists who will visit campus beginning next week to participate in faculty and staff forums.

    I invite you to attend one of these forums, and any applicable closed meetings:

    Thursday, February 20: Candidate 1 

    • Faculty-focused forum: 1-1:45 p.m., Business & Science Center, Klebanoff Auditorium
    • Staff-focused forum: 1:50-2:35 p.m., Business & Science Center, Klebanoff Auditorium
    • ECFA leadership meeting: 2:40-3:10 p.m., Business & Science Center, Room 249
    • School deans meeting: 3:15-4:15 p.m., Business & Science Center, Room 249

    Friday, February 21: Candidate 2

    • Faculty-focused forum: 1-1:45 p.m., Manninen Center for the Arts, Rose Theater
    • Staff-focused forum: 1:50-2:35 p.m., Manninen Center for the Arts, Rose Theater
    • ECFA leadership meeting: 2:45-3:15 p.m., College Hall, Board Room
    • School deans meeting: 3:15-4:15 p.m., College Hall, Board Room

    Monday, February 24: Candidate 3

    • Faculty-focused forum: 1-1:45 p.m., Manninen Center for the Arts, Rose Theater
    • Staff-focused forum: 1:50-2:35 p.m., Manninen Center for the Arts, Rose Theater
    • ECFA leadership meeting: 2:45-3:15 p.m., College Hall, Board Room
    • School deans meeting: 3:15-4:15 p.m., College Hall, Board Room

    In addition to the above meetings, candidates will have opportunities to meet select students, select members of senior leadership, and the president for extended discussions. 

    CVs of these finalists will be made available on MyEndicott 24 hours prior to each candidate’s visit, and I encourage you to review them. I also ask that you help maintain the confidentiality of the candidates and request that you not contact any colleagues at other institutions who may know these candidates. Please note that this is an active vetting process and RH Perry & Associates is still conducting background and reference checks. A survey will be sent out at the end of each candidate’s visit to gather anonymous feedback to share with President DiSalvo.

    We started with a pool of 112 applications, which was then narrowed to eight semifinalists, and now three finalist candidates who represent the best of academic leadership. I am grateful for the work done by RH Perry & Associates and the Provost Search Committee and I look forward to introducing the finalists to members of our community.

    Thank you to all who participated in this process so far. I encourage you to reach out to me and the committee at provostsearch@endicott.edu if you have questions. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Nancy Meedzan, DNP, RN, CNE
    Chair, Provost Search Committee

  • December 19, 2019
    Dear Endicott College Community,

    I am excited to report that RH Perry & Associates received 108 applications for the Provost position, upon the closing of the posting on Friday, December 13. 

    The Provost Search Committee is now reviewing the applications and will convene in late January to decide on the semi-finalists. Semi-finalist interviews will take place in early February. Finalists will then be invited to meet with members of the community and President DiSalvo in March. 

    Thank you to all who participated in this process so far. Your input is incredibly valuable as we consider this wide pool of candidates. I encourage you to reach out to me and the committee at provostsearch@endicott.edu if you have questions.

      
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Nancy Meedzan
    Chair, Provost Search Committee
  • October 31, 2019
    Dear Endicott College Community,

    Thank you to all who participated in listening sessions, communicated with committee members, and completed the survey over the last few weeks. Your input has been vital to the committee as we consider the characteristics, criteria, and qualifications of our next provost. 

    I am pleased to announce the launch of the Leadership Profile, which RH Perry & Associates will use to attract candidates from around the country and beyond. The Endicott community can view the profile on the new Provost Search Website, which provides additional important information as candidates consider this unique opportunity.  

    These tools will be reviewed by potential candidates, nominees, and nominators as a means to get to know our community. Please share these resources with your individual networks to help us reach the broadest audience possible. You are our greatest resource in building a vast selection of candidates who will fit within our community. 

    We may have moved into this public phase, but we will never be done listening, so continue to reach out to me and the committee at provostsearch@endicott.edu or email RH Perry & Associates directly with nominations at endicottprovost@rhperry.com.

    Thank you for your continued participation.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Nancy Meedzan
    Chair, Provost Search Committee
     
  • September 24, 2019

    As you know from an email update in August, the search for the permanent provost is underway with the first meeting between the provost search committee and the search firm, RH Perry & Associates, already taking place.

    My vision is for this important position to serve as the Chief Academic Officer, overseeing the academic endeavors of the College. The next step in the process includes the opportunity for all Endicott stakeholders to assist in crafting what that truly entails. The search committee will be hosting a series of listening sessions on October 3 and 4, as they work in collaboration with me to develop a position profile that will be used to recruit highly-qualified candidates and effectively market Endicott and the provost opportunity. These listening sessions will be facilitated by Dr. Kathy Krendl and Matthew Kilcoyne, our search team from RH Perry. The stakeholder meeting details are listed below.
    In preparation for the stakeholder meetings, I encourage you to consider the professional and academic qualifications that will be necessary in order for the successful candidate to:

    • Assist in setting the academic agenda of the College;
    • Define areas of growth potential in graduate and undergraduate programs;
    • Innovate a variety of program delivery modalities to meet the needs of the evolving student market;
    • Collaborate with the Vice President of Admission & Financial Aid in response to market needs and to attract and retain the highest quality student;
    • Collaborate with senior leadership to create a strong working relationship and chart a course to make the profile of the campus more diverse and inclusive.

    Finally, I again would like to thank the search committee for their investment in this process and most especially Dean Nancy Meedzan for serving as chair of the search. I am confident in her ability to lead this group through a deliberative and thoughtful process. Please remember that in order to recruit top candidates, committee member confidentiality must be maintained, which means factual updates regarding the search will only be communicated from me or Dean Meedzan. Please join the committee at one of the sessions listed below:

    Campus Stakeholders Listening Sessions:

    October 3, 2019
    11:20 a.m.–12:20 p.m. School Deans & Senior Academic Leadership, Gully’s
    12:30–2 p.m. Faculty Open Forum, Klebanoff Auditorium, Business & Science Center
    2:15–3:15 p.m. Staff Open Forum, Klebanoff Auditorium, Business & Science Center
    3:30–4:30 p.m. Student Open Forum, Klebanoff Auditorium, Business & Science Center
    5–6 p.m. Trustees, Alumni, & Community Open Forum, Klebanoff Auditorium, Business & Science Center

    October 4, 2019
    9–10:30 a.m. Faculty Open Forum, Klebanoff Auditorium, Business & Science Center

    Sincerely, Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President

  • August 22, 2019
    Dear Faculty and Staff,
    I noted in my update in July that the search for the permanent provost at Endicott College would soon commence. I am excited by the prospect of finding someone who will lead the academic charge, engage our faculty members in new and different ways, and serve as a dynamic partner in shaping the future of Endicott College.
    In an effort to move this process forward, we have retained the firm RH Perry & Associates to assist us with this national search. Matthew Kilcoyne, the managing partner of RH Perry, has agreed to guide us through this process. He has led or supported more than 220 president or senior-level executive searches in the higher-education sector and will be joined by his colleague Dr. Kathy Krendl, senior consultant of RH Perry, who is a former university president. I am confident we are in good hands.
    I have also convened a search committee with representatives from the faculty, staff, students, administration, and the Board of Trustees. The search committee will be chaired by Nancy Meedzan, dean of the School of Nursing. In working with Nancy and Matt to set the charge of the committee, I have expressed my expectations of two things related to the search. First is the importance of an aggressive timeline beginning with campus stakeholder meetings taking place October 3-4. Additional details of the stakeholder meetings will be communicated as they become available. Second is my commitment to an open and transparent process for the selection of our next provost. Frequent updates to the campus community will be paramount in not only the success of the search, but in the future success of the selected candidate.
    I have listed the members of the search committee below for your reference. Please understand that in order to recruit top candidates, committee member confidentiality must be maintained, which means factual updates regarding the search will only be communicated from me or Dean Meedzan.
    Finally, I would like to thank the search committee in advance for agreeing to serve as a member of this important team and their due diligence in reviewing candidates.
    Sincerely,
    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    Provost Search Committee Members:
    • Nancy Meedzan, DNP, R.N., CNE, Dean, School of Nursing & Chair, Search Committee
    • Marsha McDonough, Trustee & Chair, Academic Affairs Committee
    • Michael Paige, Ph.D., MBA, M.S., Dean, School of Business
    • Dena Gilby, Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Professor of Art History
    • Melissa Yang, Ph.D., Professor of Communication
    • Paul Joyce, Ph.D., Director, Homeland Security Program
    • Hank Feild, Ph.D., M.S., Associate Professor of Computer Science
    • Evan Lipp, Vice President of Admission & Financial Aid
    • Daniel Calnan '20, English/creative writing major & computer science minor