President Stephen D. Immerman Ed.D is a seasoned, charismatic leader who, since taking the role of president of Montserrat in November 2009, has increased the college's enrollment, balanced the finances, and enhanced the academic environment with new faculty appointments, upgraded technologies, and renovated facilities.
Under his guidance, Montserrat is becoming a leading voice on the Creative Economy in Massachusetts and the nation, and the importance of the arts to a well-rounded education.
Trustees Chair Lee Dellicker said, "Montserrat is fortunate to have found a true leader in Steve Immerman. He has made an enormous impact on the entire Montserrat community and all of our constituents since coming to Montserrat in 2009. I speak for the entire Board of Trustees when saying that we made the right choice and we will look back on the hiring of Dr. Immerman as a leading factor in the success of our beloved College."
Building on the strength of the college's rich history, Dr. Immerman aims to inspire innovation and enhance Montserrat's stimulating educational environment allowing each and every student to develop and realize their own creative vision. While strengthening relations within both internal and external communities Dr. Immerman also provides steady support for the daily operational management of the College as a whole.
Dr. Immerman has dedicated his more than 30-year career promoting and establishing change in higher education to improve the lives of young adults. Prior to becoming Montserrat's president, he spent the majority of his career in a variety of departments at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; including student life, advancement, business management, operations, project management, and alumni relations. He is an influential speaker, effective fundraiser, and creative thinker.
"I feel privileged to be part of this community, to experience the endless creativity of the students, and their deep dedication to the practice of art," he said. "The quality of Montserrat's remarkable faculty and the close knit nature of the Montserrat College community breathe life into each and every element of the institution. Montserrat's environment is filled with respectful, inspiring, and inventive individuals who maintain both a passion for art and design as well as a grounded real-world entrepreneurial orientation. Montserrat's distinct atmosphere overflows with a sense of warmth and aspirational potential complemented by a strong emphasis on the professional practice of art. The entire Montserrat community recognizes that we all must be hands-on and flexible, ready to adapt to change, dedicated to excellence, and committed to contributing to one another and our community."
An involved community leader, he currently serves on the boards of Beverly Main Streets, the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, the Essex National Heritage Commission, the Massachusetts Creative Economy Council, and the Salem Athanaeum. He is the former chair of the State University of New York, Potsdam College Foundation. Dr. Immerman is a native of Malone, New York. He holds a Doctor of Education Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Certificates in Leadership from MIT and in Management from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, a Master of Science and Education from the University of New York, Albany, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York, Potsdam.
He and his wife, Darcy presently reside in the greater Beverly area. Darcy, a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), has been in the energy conservation business for more than 20 years and manages the energy efficiency and carbon management global market segment for AECOM. They are the parents of two grown children.
Montserrat College of Art is an accredited, private, residential college of art and design in Massachusetts offering the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, art education licensure and year-round classes and workshops for adults and youth through its Continuing Studies programs. Gallery programs and lectures are free, open to the public.
Stephen D. Immerman, Ed.D.