Wilson College President, Dr. Barbara Mistick, will step down from her position at the end of the 2018-19 academic year. She became Wilson’s 19th president in 2011, and throughout her tenure, she spearheaded many changes with the community in mind.
“Those changes have really have led to this tremendous enrollment growth that we’ve had,” said Dr. Mistick. “So while a lot of other institutions are really suffering with the demographics, we’ve really been bucking the trend. And I really think it’s the work of the commission and our ability to work together as a community.”
Of her accomplishments, some of note include a tuition reset, a student loan buyback program and the introduction of in-demand academics such as nursing.
“What we realized was that part of our success in an institution is solving and working together with our community’s workforce needs,” said Dr. Mistick.
However, her eight years at Wilson have not been completely smooth-sailing as she received a bit of pushback from her motion to make the college co-educational in 2013.
“I think it was a very difficult, very difficult, decision for our community to make,” said Dr. Mistick. “Having a historic legacy as a women-serving institution, it was very difficult for us to change the mission piece.”
Dr. Mistick says that for 30 years prior, Wilson has allowed men into its graduate and adult-degree programs, so it was the next step to make the undergraduate program co-ed as well.
But despite the highs and lows, Dr. Mistick emphasized the importance of making education affordable for the students at Wilson.
“So many of which were first-generation,” said Dr. Mistick. “Affordability was a major deterrent to coming and accessing their education here at Wilson College.”
Dr. Mistick will be joining the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities as president in September.