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Stacy Sweeney—BCA Board of Directors
SHigher Education Consultant / Transformational Leader

Stacy Sweeney has dedicated her career to higher education serving in key leadership roles at the campus, regional and national level in both the non-profit and for-profit sector. Recognized as a dynamic leader with exceptional operational skills, Stacy has successfully guided institutions through periods of tremendous growth and change. Deeply committed to academic quality that positively impacts student outcomes and graduate success, Stacy has established a reputation as a leader who inspires her college community in successful pursuit of institutional mission and goals.

Stacy has held various executive and senior leadership roles in Higher Education and is currently serving as Board Chair for Les Roches Global Hospitality Education, a world-renowned hospitality institution located in Bluche, Switzerland. Stacy has previously served in the role of President of Bay State College, located in Boston’s Back Bay and as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), where she was directly involved in every form of higher education: traditional campus-based, online education and competency-based delivery models. During her tenure as CAO, Stacy successfully built infrastructure in various university services departments supporting SNHU’s exponential growth and innovative culture.

Stacy has also served in senior leadership positions at DeVry University and The Art Institutes and has a proven track record of developing leaders at all levels. Stacy has been responsible for guiding institutions through initial and reaccreditation for a number of regional and national accrediting commissions. In 2006, the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE, formerly CIHE/ NEASC) elected Stacy to a three-year term as the first individual from a for-profit institution to serve as a Commissioner for NECHE and was subsequently voted in for a second term in 2008. Additionally, Stacy has served as team chair for multiple evaluation visits for NECHE.

Stacy earned her Doctorate in Higher Education Management (Ed.D.) from the University of Pennsylvania. Stacy’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 financially solid while improving the student experience. Stacy 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, Stacy 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, Stacy serves on the Board of Directors for the Boston Center for the Arts. Stacy has also been a frequent guest lecturer at Boston University’s Graduate School of Education covering leadership topics in for-profit Higher Education.