Outgoing administrator helped expand, add programs over nine-year period
EAST GREENWICH — Dr. Thomas Wylie has always been fond of being a consultant and wanting to take on new and exciting challenges.
As of the end of this month, Wylie will be doing both.
Wylie, who has served as Senior Vice President and Provost at the New England Institute of Technology for the last nine years, will be retiring from the college and pursuing higher education consulting services with his own company that he just launched, Thomas Wylie Consulting, out of Bradford, Mass.
Since he came to New England Tech in 2004 after spending time at Emerson College, Bunker Hill College and within Maine during his 28-year career as a fulltime college administrator, Wylie has helped make significant contributions to NEIT, which included the transition to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Accreditation at the Commission on Institutions of Higher Learning (CIHL), as well as creating a trio of three-year long range plans to help New England Tech continue to grow.
But the biggest element of pride for Wylie was helping New England Tech expand its education horizons by adding 28 new degrees ranging from Associate’s to Master’s, with courses such as Nursing, Veterinary Care, and Respiratory Care as well as the introduction of NEIT’s first-ever Master of Science degree programs in Occupational Therapy and Information Technology.
“I certainly didn’t do this alone, but the energy of the people here and the leadership of the president and trustees, the college has been somewhat transformed in terms of its programs, energy and its capacity to grow,” Wylie said on Tuesday. “It feels good.”
Wylie also gave credit across the board to everyone at New England Tech – including NEIT President Richard Gouse – for bringing the new East Greenwich campus to life a few years ago in conjunction with the already-established institution just off of Post Road in Warwick.
“It was a huge team effort to get that done and this is a dramatic change for the college and this is a 50-year building,” Wylie said. “We have the land around it. We have a great relationship with the Town of East Greenwich. It’s a nice time for the college right now.”
The transition to being a consultant won’t be a difficult one for Wylie. During the 1980s, he was a consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts, being responsible for planning for small endowments and he ran an arts organization for several years. Wylie will also be teaching an online course on management of higher education institutions for Northeastern University in Boston during the summer months.
“I’ve been very fortunate over the years that I’ve been here to have some wonderful relationships with academic leadership who got it and understood it,” said Steve Kitchin, the Vice President for Corporate Education and Training at New England Tech. “Tom has been a pleasure to work with. I hate to see Tom go, but at the same time, unlike for me who somehow 27 years is okay by me – because I’ve been here that long. But in understanding Tom’s perspective, this gives him an opportunity to be very flexible with the work he chooses to do and doesn’t choose to do.”
Douglas Sherman, who was an Associate Provost and Special Assistant to Gouse at New England Tech, was recently promoted as NEIT’s new Provost in place of the outgoing Wylie.
Wylie can be contacted through his new website for his new company, www.thomaswylieconsulting.com .