Endicott College

Endicott College is a private college in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Endicott College
School seal
Seal of Endicott College
Endowment$62.2 million[3]
PresidentDr. Kathleen H. Barnes (interim)
Location, ,
42°33′7.1″N 70°50′33.5″W / 42.551972°N 70.842639°WCoordinates: 42°33′7.1″N 70°50′33.5″W / 42.551972°N 70.842639°W
CampusSuburban, 235 acres[5]
ColorsNavy Blue and Kelly Green
AthleticsNCAA - Division III (CCC)


Endicott College was founded as Endicott Junior College in 1939 by Eleanor Tupper and her husband, George O. Bierkoe. Originally a two-year women’s college, its mission was educating women for greater independence and an enhanced position in the workplace. The school was named for John Endicott, an early overseer of Harvard University and the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.[6] It was issued its first charter by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that same year. It graduated its first class, 20 students, in 1941. In 1944, the school was approved by the state for the granting of associate's degrees, and in 1952, Endicott was accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In 1975, the college dropped the 'Junior' from its name. In 1994, Endicott became co-educational.

George Bierkoe served as Endicott’s first president from its opening until 1971.[7] Eleanor Tupper then served as president until 1980. She subsequently wrote Endicott and I, published in 1985, which details the founding and history of the college.[8] Carol Hawkes became the third president of Endicott College in 1980, and during her tenure the college transitioned from a 2-year to a 4-year institution.[9] Francis Gamelin served as Endicott's fourth president as the college searched for Hawkes' successor.[7] In 1988, Richard E. Wylie became Endicott's fifth president. Wylie’s 30-year tenure was marked by major growth; the college built more than 20 new buildings and expanded its footprint to 235 acres of land alongside Beverly’s scenic coast. Wylie passed away in May of 2018. Dr. Kathleen Barnes stepped in as interim president while Endicott's board engaged in a search for the college's next president. On March 27, 2019, Endicott College announced that Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo will become its seventh president on July 1, 2019.[10][7]

College hall 3
College Hall

Endicott's campus includes many historic buildings. On June 6, 1939, Endicott College purchased its first building, an estate known today as Reynolds Hall,[11] which has served as a residence hall since the college opened on September 17, 1939.[11] In 1940, Endicott College purchased two more buildings: Alhambra and College Hall. Both structures were a part of the William Amory Gardner estates. Built in 1750 by Thomas Woodbury, Alhambra is the oldest building on Endicott’s campus, and prior to its purchase, was used as a summer home by Isabella Stewart Gardner (until 1906).[11] Since its purchase by the college, it has been used as student housing. College Hall, built in 1916, was designed as a summer home by Henry Richards and subsequently purchased by Endicott in 1940. The building currently houses multiple administrative offices, including the Office of the President.[11]

Reynolds Hall
Reynolds Hall

In 1943 Endicott purchased the 1904 home of Bryce and Anna Allan, designed and built by architect Guy Lowell, and later named it Tupper Manor after the second president of the college. Today, the property is a part of the Wylie Inn and Conference Center.[11][12] Winthrop Hall, build in 1845, was purchased by Endicott in 1944. In the 19th century, Winthrop's hidden stairway aided slaves en route to Canada via the Underground Railroad, and during World War II, the property was used by the United States Coast Guard as a coastline security facility.[11] After it was purchased by the college, Winthrop became home to Endicott’s first president. Today, the building is used as student housing.[11]

In 2010, Endicott purchased the property known as Beechwood to serve as the trustee center and home of the school's president. The building was designed by Boston architect Ogden Codman, Jr. in 1900. Originally, it was designed as a summer estate for members of the prominent Ames family of Easton, Massachusetts.[11]

Currently, there are more than 2,000 undergraduate students, over 1,000 students enrolled in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, 220 students studying in Madrid and Mexico, and more than 15,000 alumni.[5]


Diane M. Hale Library
Diane M. Halle Library

The college campus is located on 235-acre (0.95 km2) oceanfront property on the North Shore of Massachusetts Bay, in an area known as the Gold Coast.[13][14] This area includes two beaches, Tupper Beach and Brindle Beach, frequented by the campus community.

Endicott's main academic buildings include the Wax Academic Center, Judge Science Center, Gerrish School of Business, Manninen Center for the Arts, Center for Nursing and Health Professions, and Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies.[15] The Halle Library serves as the main library on campus and also houses additional classrooms and student support services.[15]

Callahan Center, Endicott College
Callahan Center

The Callahan Center is the main student activities building on campus and houses the main dining hall,[16] as well as a number of student services.

The Post Sports Fitness and Science Center was opened in 2009 and is the main center for the School of Sports Science and Fitness Studies. The building includes a gymnasium, a field house with an indoor track, workout facilities, aerobics and dance rooms, and classrooms.

Center for the Arts, Endicott College, Beverly MA
Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts

The Manninen Center for the Arts opened in 2009 and houses the School of Visual and Performing Arts.[17] The facility includes a number of spaces for performances and exhibitions, including the 250-seat Rose Performance Hall and a 100-seat black box theater.[18]

In July 2014, Endicott broke ground on the Raymond J. Bourque Ice Arena, which will house the college's NCAA Division III men’s and women’s ice hockey programs, as well as serve as home to Beverly Youth Hockey, Beverly High School Hockey, and other local sports activities.[19][20]

Endicott currently houses all on-campus students in a variety of residence halls, from large dormitory-style arrangements to smaller apartment-style housing. Some residence halls serve particular populations, including a healthy-living dorm and women-only dorms, or offer themed programming. Many historic buildings are used as residence halls, including Reynolds Hall, Alahambra Hall, Winthrop Hall, Kennedy Hall, and Hamilton Hall. The latter was built in the late 1800s and by the Cotting family, whose members founded the Cotting School in 1893, and later owned by Herbert Sears Tuckerman. The college has also announced plans to build a new 300 bed residence hall in 2015.[21]

Endicott College is listed as one of the haunted colleges in the book Haunted Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts by Renee Mallet.[22] The school was also mentioned in the book Haunted Halls by Elizabeth Tucker.[23] There are many ghost stories that students share about the dorms that they live in and some are thought to be true. Old maps of Beverly call Endicott’s surrounding areas as the “Witch’s Woods,” as it was rumored to be a place where many escaped to after being accused in the Salem Witch Trials by hiding in the forests.

The campus has been host to the Misselwood Concours d'Elegance, an antique automobile show, since 2010.[13] The event is one of only two such car shows in New England.[24]

In 2012 and 2013, Endicott was named to The Boston Globe's "Top Places to Work" list.[25][26]

Endicott College also has satellite campuses in Madrid, Spain and a graduate program in Mexico City, Mexico, and in 2012 began offering classes in Gloucester and Haverhill, Massachusetts.[27]


Endicott offers 23 Bachelor programs, 27 concentrations, and 27 minors. The college is composed of the School of Arts and Sciences, Gerrish School of Business, School of Communication, School of Education, School of Hospitality Management, School of Sport Science and Fitness Studies, School of Nursing, School of Visual and Performing Arts, and the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies.[28] Graduate programs are offered in Business, Education, Nursing, Computer Science, and Political Science. The most popular major is Business Management, followed by Fitness and Recreation Studies, Psychology and Visual/Performing Arts.

In 2014 the college initiated its first doctoral program (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership in Higher Education, and currently also offers an Ed.D. in PreK-12 Educational Leadership, a Ph.D. in Applied Behavioral Analysis, and a Ph.D. in Nursing.[29]

Endicott employs 94 full-time faculty members and 298 adjunct faculty members.[30] Endicott's student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1.[31][32]

All bachelor's degree candidates must complete three distinct internship experiences before graduation, including two 120-hour positions and a semester-long internship during their senior year. Students majoring in Nursing and Athletic Training earn internship credits with clinical educational experiences, while Education majors gain experience in the classroom through student teaching.[33]

In 2013, of the 3,675 students that applied to the college, 42% were admitted. Of these students, 59% were female and approximately 52% were from out-of-state.[34] The average GPA of admitted freshman was 3.23, in which a quarter of the students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class. Over 86% of Endicott students receive some form of financial aid, and the average financial aid package is about $20,065.[35]

Endicott was ranked 74th in the Regional Universities (North) category of U.S. News & World Report's 2015 rankings.[5]

Student life

Endicott offers over 60 student organizations,[36][37][38] numerous academic honor societies, and varsity, club, and intramural sports. Many students also choose to participate in national community service organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, or volunteer in the local community.[39][40]

In addition to traditional undergraduate and graduate students, Endicott offers a program called Keys to Degrees, which allows single parents to live on campus with their children. The program was launched in 1993 and offers financial assistance, workshops, and a baby-sitting cooperative for this population of students.[41][42] In 2014, the college was awarded a grant to replicate the program across the U.S.[43]


Endicott College teams participate as a member of the NCAA Division III. The Gulls are a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). In football, Endicott competes in Commonwealth Coast Football, a football-only league operated by the CCC but technically separate from it. Endicott was formerly a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, equestrian, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and volleyball, while women's sports include basketball, cross country, equestrian, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.[44]

Club Sports

Endicott offers 8 men’s and women’s club sports: Cheerleading, Crew, Dance, Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Rugby, and Sailing. Beginning with the 2015 season, Men’s Ice Hockey will become a Division III sport as a member of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC).[45]

Intramural Athletics

Throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, 1400 students participated in intramural sports on campus.[46] These sports include flag football (men's), powderpuff football (women's), outdoor soccer (men's & women's), 3-on-3 basketball (men's & women's), floor hockey (men's & women's), volleyball (co-ed), 5-on-5 basketball (men's & women's), arena football (men's & women's), indoor soccer (men's & women's), kickball (co-ed), and softball (co-ed).[47]

Sport Men’s/Women’s Conference Conference
Baseball Men's CCC 7 6
Basketball Men's CCC, GNAC 6 5
Field Hockey Women's CCC 2 2
Football Men's CCC Football 2 2
Golf Men's CCC 5 1
Lacrosse Men's CCC 7 8
Lacrosse Women's CCC 9 9
Soccer Men's CCC, GNAC 2 1
Soccer Women’s CCC, GNAC 10 10
Softball Women’s CCC, GNAC, NEWAC 13 10
Tennis Women’s CCC 4 4
Volleyball Men's NECVA, NECC 4 2
Volleyball Women’s CCC 4 4


Endicott Stadium
Endicott Stadium
The outdoor facilities include the Cross Country Course, Hempstead Stadium, North Field, Softball field, and Tennis Courts, Winter Island. Hempstead Stadium[48][49] was built in 2003, and this turf surface is home to football, men and women’s lacrosse, rugby, and men and women’s soccer programs here at Endicott. The Stadium was originally named Endicott Stadium, but was formally dedicated to Melissa Hempstead '69 on Saturday, October 3, 2015 on Homecoming Weekend. Endicott’s baseball and field hockey teams use North Field,[50] and all teams practice on this turf surface as well. Indoor facilities include the Post Center,[51] MacDonald Gymnasium,[52] and Spring Tide Farms. The MacDonald Gymnasium was built in 1999 and is home to both basketball and volleyball teams.
Raymond J. Bourque Arena is announced to open in the fall of 2015; both men and women’s ice hockey teams will be varsity sports in fall of 2015.[53]
Endicott Stadium
Endicott Stadium

Notable alumni


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Boston Aztec (WPSL)

Boston Aztec is a North American amateur soccer team based in Beverly, Massachusetts, United States. Founded in 2005, the team plays in Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL), a national amateur league at the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

In 2009, the Boston Aztec became the reserve team to the WPS Boston Breakers. The Breakers team has loan agreements in place for players to compete with the Boston Aztec in WPSL matches. The Boston Aztec players also train with the Boston Breakers staff. The Boston Aztec roster is composed entirely of post-college players. In 2010, the Boston Aztec enter a U23 team into the WPSL which is entirely made up of college players and is not connected to the Boston Breakers

Aztec's home is Endicott College, located in the city of Beverly, MA. The team is operated by the Aztec Soccer Club, which also operates a National Premier Soccer League team called Boston Aztec. The team's colors are red and white. The U23 colors are red and black.

Charlotte Gordon

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She was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1962, and received her B.A in English and American Literature from Harvard College. She received her M.A in Creative Writing and her Ph.D in Literature from Boston University.She was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for non-fiction for her biography of the seventeenth-century poet, Anne Bradstreet, Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of America's First Poet. This was followed by The Woman Who Named God: Abraham's Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths, which in the author's own words describes the "shadows, gaps and silences" in the biblical texts about Abraham, Sarah and Hagar. Examining them as stories, and drawing on the Bible both as a source of literature and religion, she notes that "some of the most crucial western ideas about freedom come from Hagar".Her most recent book, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley (2015), is about the mother and daughter pair of writers. The first Mary died giving birth to the second in 1797, and The Guardian said that the biography did a creditable job of binding them together again. It was favourably reviewed in The Wall Street Journal as well. Romantic Outlaws was the BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week on August 10, 2015, and won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop

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She was born in New York City in 1979. She attended Harvard University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude in 2001, with a B.A. in English and American Literature and Language. She earned an M.F.A. degree in fiction from the University of California, Irvine in 2004, where she was the recipient of the Schaeffer Writing Fellowship.

In addition to her novels, she has written short fiction for Wind, The Evansville Review, The Missouri Review, The Red Rock Review, and Indiana Review. She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts with her husband and daughter, and she is Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing at Endicott College.

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George O. Bierkoe

Dr. George Olav Bierkoe (July 2, 1895 – April 11, 1979) was co-founder, along with his wife, Eleanor E. Tupper (1904-1999), of Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. Bierkoe served as first president of the college from the founding in 1939 until 1971. Founded as a junior college for women, the school is now a co-educational four-year college twenty miles north of Boston. Endicott is known for its emphasis on internships beginning in a student's first year.

Bierkoe graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1922 and became a Lutheran minister in 1925. He was the pastor of a congregation in the Bellaire neighborhood of Queens, New York. He received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1971.

Bierkoe Hall on the Endicott campus is named for Bierkoe and Phi Theta Kappa national honor society for junior colleges awards the George O. Bierkoe Distinguished Member Award to up to 25 students annually.

Hugo Burnham

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The band formed in 1977 at Leeds University, where Burnham was studying English Literature. Before the band signed with EMI Records (UK, R.O.W.) and Warner Bros. Records (USA), he was a founding member of Impact Theatre Co-operative.

Creem magazine's Dave DiMartino said in 1980 "Witness Hugo Burnham, a close-cropped, thickset out-and-out scary drummer who looks like his idea of fun might be pushing young American faces into old American brick walls." He continued, "watching the Gang Of Four perform at Bookie's Club 870 and realizing that as great as the records are, the band in live performance is even better. There's rhythm, always rhythm, provided by Burnham's steady drums and Dave Allen's absolutely superb funk basswork". Rolling Stone critic Greil Marcus wrote, "Hugo Burnham play(s) in an economical and precise yet propulsive style, giving the rhythm a piston-like drive."

After leaving the band in 1983, Burnham joined Illustrated Man, then worked as an occasional session drummer with Wall of Voodoo's Stan Ridgway, ABC, PiL, Nikki Sudden, and Samantha Fox, before joining his former G4 bandmate Dave Allen with Shriekback, serving as the band's manager from 1985 until 1988, when he moved from London, UK to New York City, to open an office for his company Huge & Jolly Management and Outlaw Management.

He then worked as an A&R executive with Island Records in New York, Imago Records in New York and Los Angeles, Qwest Records in Los Angeles, and EMI Music Publishing in Los Angeles. He reunited briefly with Allen to play on The Call leader Michael Been's solo album On The Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough. After leaving EMI Music, he returned to management with Deathray (featuring former members of rock group Cake, Victor Damiani and Greg Brown), then left Los Angeles for Gloucester, Massachusetts, at the end of 1998, adding Little Red Rocket (see Azure Ray), and Boston rock group C60 (whose album he produced with engineer Matthew Ellard), to the Huge & Jolly Management roster.

Gang of Four's original line-up reunited in 2005, with Burnham telling Rolling Stone "It would be folly to go out and try to foist new music on people... What resonates is the old stuff, and we need to go out and do that. After all, the crux of it is the four of us onstage playing, making loud rude noises and running around furiously." He also told the New York Times' Jon Pareles, "I knew we could do it, when I saw we all still had our hair."

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Jill Davis

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Davis, originally from Berks County, Pennsylvania, is a graduate of Endicott College and Emerson College, majoring in creative writing. She holds an MFA in Fiction from NYU and has an honorary Ph.D. in Arts & Letters from Endicott.

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Ray Loring

Charles Raymond Loring II (May 20, 1943 – September 6, 2008), known professionally as "Ray Loring", was a classically trained American television music composer and professor, in Massachusetts.

Born in Illinois to Howard and Rena Loring, they moved to Georgetown, MA. He graduated from Perley High School in his home town of Georgetown, MA. He studied piano with Fred Noonan, the White House pianist to Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. He studied at Yale University at Timothy Dwight College; particularly with the late Edmund Morgan. He was a member of Scroll and Key.

During his senior year at Yale he was granted the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and used it for his studies at Brandeis University Graduate School of Music; studying under Seymour Shifrin, Arthur Berger and Harold Shapero.

Loring taught music, performed, and conducted at Endicott College from 1980 to 1992. He then went to freelance music composing full-time, but lectured regularly at Amherst College and Northern Essex Community College (MA). He had recently returned to teaching, on the music faculty at Gordon College (MA).

Loring composed his first film score in 1971; the locally acclaimed short film "Ruby". He continued composing throughout his life. During the course of his career, Loring composed scores for more than 100 episodes of PBS/WGBH Boston's NOVA series, plus the theme music.

He contributed music to many other PBS, Discovery Channel, History Channel episodes; in addition to work with museum installations, historical visitor centers, etc. throughout the U.S. including the Harry Truman Museum, the theater at the National Archives Rotunda, the Museum of the Mississippi, and the Brooklyn Historical Society. In 2004 he was commissioned to provide an arrangement for the Astoria Jazz Band, for inclusion in the 9th Annual Festival of Women in Jazz Composers at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Additionally, Ray Loring composed and performed for the Essex Chamber Music Players (Andover, MA). A recording of Loring's "June on the Merrimack", which sets to music the words of local abolitionist poet John Greenleaf Whittier, is being prepared by the Essex Chamber Music Players (ECMP; events to honor Mr. Loring are planned for fall 2009. For more information about ECMP's Ray Loring Recording Fund, and to learn about ECMP's mission "preserving local cultural history through music" contact Michael Finegold at www.essexchambermusicplayers.org.

In his leisure Ray enjoyed mountain hiking; and had completed the New Hampshire 48 and the New England 67, both highly regarded accomplishments in the hiking world. He died suddenly on a cold, stormy day, near the top of Nubble Peak in New Hampshire despite the heroic rescue efforts of his fellow hikers: see "viewsfromthetop".com. Immediate survivors include his father Howard Loring (d. 2012); 1st cousins Eileen Murray of CA, Charlotte M. Chapin of No. Palm Beach FL.

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