3/24/2020BEVERLY, Mass.—After a seven month search, Endicott College named Beth M. Schwartz, Ph.D. as the new Provost and Professor of Psychology, the lead academic position that will help shape a progressive direction for the student-centered institution. 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.
“Dr. Schwartz has a reputation for innovation and looking at ways to stay ahead of the curve in an ever-changing academic world,” said Endicott President Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D. “Endicott will benefit greatly from her expertise and leadership as we focus on the value of the Endicott degree. I’m thrilled to welcome her to campus as our chief academic officer and look forward to working with her as we solidify a scholarly vision for the College. I know the students and faculty will welcome her warmly to the community.”
The Provost Search Committee, chaired by School of Nursing Dean Nancy Meedzan, Ph.D., worked with search firm RH Perry to carry out a national, inclusive search. The initial pool of candidates included 112 academics, which was narrowed to eight semi-finalists who met with the committee in late January. Three finalists visited the Endicott campus in February to meet with members of the community. After gathering extensive feedback from the campus visits, the final selection was made by Dr. DiSalvo in March.
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 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 books and articles published during her career.
“I am very excited to join Endicott’s dynamic community, a place where liberal arts are combined with professional studies and students are graduating with amazing resumes,” said Dr. Schwartz. “My passion in education is serving students in the 21st century—taking into consideration the technological and societal factors that are changing higher ed every day—and Endicott is on the forefront of creating very powerful advantages for its graduates through experiential learning. I can’t wait to meet the community, learn the campus culture, and dive into working with faculty, students, and administration.”
Dr. Schwartz grew up in Merrick, N.Y. and then Framingham, Mass. She now lives with her husband, Robert “Doc” Livingston, and 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. Schwartz is slated to take office July 1.
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