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Gloria Lopez named Westfield State’s new Vice President for Student Affairs

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Westfield— Following a national search, Gloria Lopez, Ed.D. has been named Westfield State University’s new vice president for Student Affairs. Dr. Lopez will report to President Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D. and will oversee student affairs (campus center/wellness center, counseling center, health services, student conduct, and student government), the Department of Athletics, the Career Center, Public Safety and the programmatic aspects of Residential Life. She will assume her new role at Westfield State on June 28.

“Among a diverse slate of highly impressive candidates, Dr. Lopez stood out as a responsive administrator with seasoned oversight of student support, advocacy, and services and a leadership style that will build greater student success at Westfield State,” said Dr. Erica Broman, vice president for Institutional Advancement and executive director of the Westfield State Foundation, who chaired the committee for the vice President for Student Affairs search.

Dr. Lopez joins Westfield State following her role as vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students at Hampshire College in Amherst. Prior to Hampshire College, she served as a senior level administrator at Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania and assistant dean of special programs at North Shore Community College in Lynn, Mass. Before transitioning into the field of higher education, she held various progressive roles at non-profit and youth development organizations.       

“We proudly welcome Dr. Lopez to Westfield State to lead the university’s Student Affairs Division in a position so vital to the heart of campus life,” said President Torrecilha. “As a divisional vice president and key member of the Cabinet, I trust Dr. Lopez will bring a credible and valued voice to the table. We look forward to her many contributions on our students’ behalf now and into the future.”

As Vice President for Student Affairs at Westfield State, Dr. Lopez is responsible for creating and maintaining an atmosphere that promotes the cultural, spiritual, social, and professional development of students, while enhancing the academic environment.

“The breadth of student engagement from both commuters and residential students is impressive at Westfield State. I look forward to partnering with and guiding student groups and leadership to see what we can achieve collaboratively,” said Dr. Lopez. “It is highly evident that the talented team in the division has done an excellent job in supporting students and cultivating their leadership, which helps promote student success and overall institutional success.”

Dr. Lopez obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Dartmouth College, a Master of Social Work from Boston University, and a Doctorate of Education in higher education administration from University of Massachusetts Boston.

She is professionally affiliated with the American College Personnel Association, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Latina Researchers Network, Coalition for Sexuality and Gender Identities, and National Latino Education Network. Her board involvement includes work with the Community Minority Cultural Center and La Vida Scholars Program, among others. In addition, she was named and served as a leadership fellow in the National Community College Hispanic Council Leadership Fellows Program.

Dr. Lopez resides in Belchertown, Mass.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

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