Dr. Richard E. Wylie is the President of Endicott College and founded Keys to Degrees: Educating Two Generations Together in 1993, which he continues to champion at the college through the present day. It was Dr. Wylie’s vision that initiated the program, after finding himself soul searching after meeting with a young perspective single-parent student who found it difficult to attend college while raising her child.
It was also through Dr. Wylie’s vision for building a national presence and active network of college and university programs in service and support of equal access to higher education for student parents, and perseverance and ongoing partnership with policy makers over many years to pursue that vision, that the Keys to Degrees National Replication Program was launched, and the Center for Best Practices to Support Single Parents in Higher Education Program was conceptualized as part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, and through which the National Center for Student Parent Programs was later initiated.
Dr. Wylie recently served as an Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow for his work on promoting postsecondary strategies for two generation mobility and was a contributor to Ascend’s Postsecondary Education/Student Parent Working Group.
Dr. Wylie has spent over 40 years in higher education administration, joining Endicott College as President in 1987. His previous academic appointments include serving as Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School at Lesley University, and as Dean of Educational Studies at the University of Colorado at Denver. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Boston University.
Dr. Wylie is a regular contributor to the NCSPP advisory board and is committed to supporting the transition of the Center in it’s new structure as a national non-profit, and intends Endicott College to continue to play a key partnership role moving into NCSPP’s future.
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