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Bay State College Appoints New President

May 12, 2015

Bay State College today announced that Stacy L. Sweeney was appointed President of Bay State College, effective July 13. Ms. Sweeney will succeed Craig F. Pfannenstiehl, who will remain on the Board of Trustees.

“I am deeply honored and excited at the opportunity to serve as Bay State College’s next president,” Sweeney said. “Bay State College is well positioned for continued success in serving its students and the community due to the outstanding leadership of President Pfannenstiehl, the Board and the college faculty and staff.  At a time when many small private colleges are struggling, Bay State College has continued to flourish due to the individualized support, commitment to quality and focus on preparing students for career success.  I look forward with much enthusiasm to working with the college community to leverage existing strengths while fostering innovative approaches to serve the needs of our students and employers."

Sweeney will join Bay State College from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) where she is currently the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). During her tenure as CAO, Sweeney has helped to successfully position University administration in various service departments supporting SNHU’s exponential growth and innovative culture.

Recognized as a dynamic leader with exceptional operational skills, Sweeney has successfully led institutions through periods of tremendous growth and change.  She has previously served in senior leadership positions for DeVry University and Education Management Corporation/The Art Institutes and has a proven track record of developing leaders at all levels.  Sweeney has been responsible for guiding institutions through initial and reaccreditation for a number of regional and national accrediting commissions.  In 2006, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges’ (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) voted Sweeney in for a three-year term as the first individual from a for-profit institution to serve as a Commissioner for CIHE, and she was subsequently voted in for a second term  in 2008.

President Pfannenstiehl commented, “I have been extremely fortunate to have worked alongside so many talented and dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to support students to achieve their dreams.  The last ten years have been one of tremendous growth and transformation for the College becoming the region’s college of choice for students and employers in our disciplines.  I feel equally fortunate to have Stacy Sweeney succeed me.  She is the most talented college leader I know, and Bay State will be poised for continued growth and exceptional student outcomes under her leadership.”

In April of 2015, Sweeney successfully defended her dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania and fulfilled all course requirements for the Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management Ed.D. program with her degree conferral slated for the summer of 2015.  Sweeney’s dissertation topic, How Innovative Strategies Can Impact Fiscal Strength: Supporting a Culture of Innovation at Small Colleges, is a potential best practices list for small colleges interested in using innovative strategies to become stronger financially while improving the student experience.

Sweeney holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Antioch University, McGregor, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh. Dedicated to serving her community, Sweeney is currently a member of the Advisory Council for Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Depression Clinical and Research Program (DCRP) where she has served as a Committee Member and co-chair for various fundraising galas for the DCRP. In addition to her work with MGH, Sweeney serves on the Board of Directors for the Boston Center for the Arts. Sweeney has also been a frequent guest lecturer at Boston University’s Graduate School of Education covering leadership topics in for-profit Higher Education.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees I am thrilled to welcome Ms. Sweeney to the Bay State College community,” said Florence Tate, Chairman of the Board. “Her leadership skills and background in innovative college and university settings and her dedication to student outcomes will serve the community well as the 8th President of Bay State College.” 

About Bay State College

Bay State College was founded in 1946. Bay State College is a private college whose mission is to prepare students for successful careers and global citizenship through academic rigor and individualized support. Bay State College accomplishes this mission by providing a learning environment where teaching excellence and student services are blended to support the uniqueness of individual students, preparing them to achieve their full potential as ethically and socially aware citizens. For the fifth consecutive year, Bay State College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Bay State College has campuses in Boston and Taunton, MA and approximately 1,100 students enrolled in day, evening and online divisions. Visit for more information.