President Engelkemeyer’s Biography

Susan West Engelkemeyer was appointed the seventh president of Nichols College on August 1, 2011, and was officially installed by the campus community during an inauguration ceremony on October 21, 2011.

As president, Dr. Engelkemeyer oversees a student body of 1,500 full-time and part-time students who are enrolled in Nichols’ undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, and an alumni body of more than 12,000.  Nichols College develops tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business education.  The College offers quality undergraduate degree programs in business, educator preparation and the liberal arts; graduate degree programs in business; and a comprehensive continuing education program. On average, more than 94 percent of its students are employed within six months of graduation.

Under Engelkemeyer’s leadership, Nichols is setting its sights on a strong and vital future through strategic planning and innovative business programs. In 1990, Engelkemeyer’s professional home was Babson College. Her responsibilities as a tenure-track faculty member were combined with significant administrative responsibilities that ranged from the 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.  Fourteen years later, she joined the administration at Ithaca College as dean of the School of Business and professor of management.  From 2009 until her appointment as president at Nichols in 2011, Engelkemeyer was dean of the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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.

Engelkemeyer was an entrepreneur for seven years prior to pursuing her advanced degrees.  She has consulted with large manufacturing firms, partnered with a small business broker on the valuation of small, privately held manufacturing firms, and worked with campuses on using the Baldrige framework and the implementation of assessment systems. Her research has been published in the Journal of Innovative Management, Quality Management Journal, and Quality Progress.

Engelkemeyer serves as a 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. She has chaired site visit teams for the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC). She is a member of Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (NAICU) and serves on its Committee on Accountability. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA); a member of the Executive Committee of the Worcester Economic Club; and, a member of the Board of Directors of the Webster/Dudley United Way. Engelkemeyer served on the Board of Directors for GOAL/QPC for over twenty years, a nonprofit organization whose training, products and services focus on quality improvement and performance excellence. She was a senior examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for six years and served on the thirteen-member Baldrige Board of Overseers for three years. She served on the Board of Governors for the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society for three years.

Engelkemeyer and her husband Dave enjoy family time with their grown children, Kristen and Jason, and particularly with their grandchildren, Grace and Liam.