Nancy P. Crimmin, Ed.D.

Senior Fellow, Center for First-generation Student Success, NASPA


During a higher education career spanning more than 30 years, Nancy Crimmin has served in progressive leadership roles, including president of Becker College, and has held positions in academic and student affairs as director, dean, vice president, and senior vice president. She is a recognized leader in higher education administration whose work has been centered on creating campus environments conducive to and supportive of student success, developing professional talent, creating effective and inclusive teams, evaluating and assessing professional roles and responsibilities, and leading with authenticity. As a hiring manager for over 25 years, she has focused on inclusive and efficient processes, retention of talent, and sustainable organizational design. Nancy has extensive experience and involvement with professional organizations and has garnered a wide professional network, including in NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, where she served as the 2017 Annual Conference Chair in San Antonio, Texas; board member of the NASPA Foundation; regional vice president for the Northeast; and a faculty mentor for the Alice Manicur Symposium for those who identify as women in midlevel positions aspiring to vice president of student affairs positions.

Nancy is a proud first-generation student who earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Johnson and Wales, a master’s degree from Springfield College, and a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College. She currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband, Bill, and his three cats. Her adult sons, Patrick and Jonathan, live nearby and frequently show up for dinner and to use the washer and dryer.