On July 1, 2004, Jackie Jenkins-Scott became the thirteenth President of Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts—a private college with a mission to improve the lives of children and families. President Jenkins-Scott has been a passionate advocate in fulfilling the unique and compelling mission of the College.
Under President Jenkins-Scott’s leadership, Wheelock has strengthened its core undergraduate and graduate academic programs, enhanced the undergraduate experience, and expanded the College’s reach internationally. A renewed interest in public policy has improved the reputation and influence of the College. She has emphasized cross disciplinary collaboration and community partnerships.
New initiatives to increase undergraduate enrollment, strengthen education and student life, and increase Wheelock’s international focus during President Jenkins-Scott’s tenure were built on the recommendations of college-wide strategic planning efforts completed in 2005 and 2012. As a result, undergraduate, on-campus enrollment has nearly doubled and co-curricular programs have significantly expanded, including the introduction of a robust male athletics program. Increased resources for financial aid, a commitment to diversity, and student retention led to the establishment of the Office of Student Success and Institutional Diversity.
Support for academic programs has been an important priority for President Jenkins-Scott. Reorganization of the College’s professional departments and the establishment of a new Center for Scholarship and Research have provided additional support for faculty research and scholarship. A new center for innovation and community support, Aspire Institute, has resulted in significant increases in resources and new program opportunities in Massachusetts and beyond.