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Wheelock College president to depart next year

Wheelock College President Jackie Jenkins-Scott will step down in June 2016 after 12 years as president, the college announced Wednesday.

Scott informed Board of Trustees chairwoman Kate Taylor on Tuesday, according to a press release from the liberal arts school. Jenkins-Scott, 65, did not give a reason for her departure.

“I have decided that now is the time for [my husband and me] to embark on the next chapter of our lives while we have the stamina and good health to explore new adventures,” she wrote in a letter posted on the school’s website.

Under her leadership, Wheelock, which specializes in social work, increased its enrollment and diversity, and the number of first-generation college students grew from 25 to 41 percent from 2005 to 2014, according to the school. The college also opened a new campus center and dormitory in May 2013.


Wheelock has 74 full-time faculty and 1,331 students. The school’s endowment was $46 million in fiscal year 2013, according to the most recent data available. Jenkins-Scott earned $373,000.

Before Wheelock, Jenkins-Scott was president and chief executive of Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, and worked for state government.

Taylor will name a search committee immediately, which will work with an outside firm to select a replacement, according to the release.

Contact Laura Krantz at laura.krantz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @laurakrantz.