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Letter from the President

Welcome to our first digital President’s Report, in which you will learn about the people and ideas behind this year’s accomplishments and the vision for the College’s future. You will also hear from students—the true beneficiaries of our commitment to education.

As the College seeks to achieve university status by 2023—realigning academic programs, adding graduate degrees, and establishing centers and institutes to expand our impact through collaboration and partnerships—we have garnered increased support for our vision and direction. In January, Colleen Barrett ’64, provided a $1 million gift to name and create a Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which will house the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI), MassDiGI New Ventures Center, the Women’s Leadership Institute, and the Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College.

The College community has rallied around a common vision and collective sense of urgency to prepare the next generation of students for a future where they must be adaptive, nimble, entrepreneurial, and have a global perspective to thrive as citizens of the world. Having identified the Agile Mindset skills students need to succeed, we are making explicit the learning experiences that will ensure their success as value creators in the workplace of the future and contributors to the greater good as global citizens.

Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., President

Letter from the Chair of the Board of Trustees

Letter from the Chair of the Board of Trustees

At a time when small- and mid-size institutions face challenges to fiscal growth and sustainability, Becker College is experiencing the opposite. Through the exceptional leadership of its 10th president, Dr. Robert E. Johnson, Becker College continues to prove itself as an institution that can realize exceptional outcomes.

The College’s national and international reputation continues to grow. The success of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI) and the College’s award-winning game design program contributed to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s acknowledgement of Becker as: “an example of growth in the ‘creative economy’ . . . one of the country’s leading research and educational institutions for computer gaming.” (Worcester Business Journal, April 10, 2015)

During this past year, former board member and alumna Colleen Barrett ’64 gave the largest individual gift in the College’s history—$1 million––to name the College’s new Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In addition, the College signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College. In partnership with the Seven Hills Foundation, the College’s Centre—the first officially sanctioned Yunus Social Business Centre in the U.S.—will provide opportunities for Becker students to create self-sustaining businesses that have social impact. Dr. Johnson’s vision for and commitment to global citizenship continues to play out in major and beneficial ways.

It has been my privilege to serve as Board Chair during Dr. Johnson’s tenure. His future-oriented leadership, energy, and full embrace of his office inspire the entire Board of Trustees. His vitality, openness and generosity of spirit, and warm collegiality have made the charge of helping ensure Becker’s future an exciting one. We unanimously support him in pursuing the horizons for Becker College’s growth and future success that he has illuminated. Serving the College and working closely with Dr. Johnson continues to be an honor.

To all our stakeholders inside and outside Becker, thank you for your continued interest and support.

Arthur P. (Jay) DiGeronimo, Jr., Chair
Becker College Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees 2015

Becker College is governed by a 21-member Board of Trustees. As a collective body, the trustees hold the authority and responsibility to ensure the fulfillment of the College’s mission and are ultimately responsible for the College’s fiscal health. The board selects and appoints the president and approves policy, while operations and management of the College are vested in the president.


  • Arthur P. (Jay) DiGeromino, Jr.
  • Peter J. Rowden
    Vice Chair
  • John H. Budd
  • George J. Isaac, CPA


  • Christine L. Cassidy '15
  • P. Scott Conti
  • Mary C. Defeudis
  • John E. Graham, CPA
  • Daniel C. Halsey, CFA
  • Sheila M. Harrity, Ed.D.
  • David A. Jordan, DHA, MPA
  • Deborah T. Kochevar, DVM, Ph.D.
  • Cheryl M. Lapriore


  • Andrew M. Mazur '72LJC
  • Joy J. McHugh '55
  • Michael V. O'Brien
  • Frances E. Polito '68
  • Daniel M. Prouty '71LJC
  • Christopher P. Provo
  • Brian W. Thompson
  • Sarah H. Williams

Campus Locations

Worcester Campus
61 Sever Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Leicester Campus
964 Main St
Leicester, MA 01524
Equestrian Center
38 Nanigian Road
Paxton, MA 01612