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Tribute To Dr. Richard E. Wylie

Sen. John Kerry

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Mr. President, today I wish to bring attention to Dr. Richard E. Wylie, Endicott College's fifth and current president. Through this post and a variety of other positions in higher education, Dr. Wylie has fully devoted himself to academic excellence.

Before assuming his role as president of Endicott College in Beverly, MA, Dr. Wylie served as a professor and administrator at a variety of other institutions, including the University of Connecticut, Temple University, and Lesley College, and served on the board of New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the board at the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts. Outside of the classroom, he has written articles on higher education, authored a monograph on bilingual and multicultural education, and published a variety of children's books.

Most recently, Dr. Richard Wylie has overseen the tremendous growth and transformation of Endicott College. When he assumed his role in 1987, Endicott was a small, two-year women's college; through his efforts, the College earned four-year status, became coeducational, tripled its enrollment, and greatly expanded its academic offerings. Today, Endicott College is recognized for its variety of degree programs, including its brand new doctoral program.

Some of our country's greatest assets are educators like Dr. Wylie who go above and beyond the call of duty every single day to instill a love of knowledge in our country's citizens. His commitment to education will inspire his students well beyond graduation and will improve the sense of community and citizenship that is vital to any educational institution, and to this Nation.

I congratulate Dr. Richard E. Wylie on the occasion of his 25th Anniversary Scholarship Gala, thank him for his service in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and salute all that he's accomplished.