When Dr. Beth Schwartz agreed to accept the role of Endicott’s Provost, she had no idea that a global pandemic would be the initial focus of her time.
She interviewed for the position in late February of this year. Just a few weeks later, Endicott announced an extended Spring Break which later turned into an online semester.
Schwartz didn’t delay; she immediately became an active member in the Reimagine Endicott task force, working to prepare Endicott for the upcoming semester amidst the coronavirus. Schwartz said that her career here at Endicott between April and September has been centered around COVID-19 policies, testing protocol and development of the student compact.
The coronavirus didn’t just affect Schwartz’s professional life, but her personal life, too. Schwartz, a New England native who grew up in Framingham, Mass., moved back to the Greater Boston area after 30 years of being away. Schwartz is thrilled to finally be back in the part of the country she considers home.
Dr. Schwartz began her professional career following receipt of her Bachelors in psychology from Colby College, and her Masters and Doctorate in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Following her education, Schwartz began teaching at Randolph Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she was on the faculty and held administrative roles for 24 years.
After a lengthy, tenured career at Randolph, Schwartz served as the Provost at Heidelberg University in Ohio for 5 years. According to Dr. Schwartz, her move into administration allowed her to take on challenges that were not just in the classroom but across the college campus. However, she said she hopes to find the time to be back in the classroom again if her schedule allows. “The one thing I really miss is the ability to interact more with students,” Schwartz said.
Schwartz’s main focus for the rest of the Fall 2020 semester is to get to know the students, faculty, and staff at Endicott, and to begin to work with the faculty and the deans on reviewing the structure of our academic program and to identify what resources are needed for the most effective teaching and learning on our campus.
“At this point, I’m looking forward to when we can go to the ‘new normal,’” Schwartz said. “I’m looking forward to working with Endicott’s schools and continuing to strengthen our excellent academic reputation.”