Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield State University announces appointment of Paul Boudreau to Board of Trustees and Thalita Neves ’21 as student trustee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2019
CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523

Westfield—Westfield State University has appointed Attorney Paul D. Boudreau to its Board of Trustees and Thalita Neves ’21 as student trustee.

Boudreau has served as an attorney and partner of Ryan & Boudreau, PC, in South Hadley since 1975. Boudreau has been highly active in his community, including 40 years of service as a South Hadley town meeting member and more than 20 years as a director and past president of the South Hadley Chamber of Commerce. He is a past chair of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission, past president of the Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Center, former director of Vanguard Bank and a former trustee and past chair of Holyoke Community College. Boudreau is a past chair and current director of the Holyoke Community College Foundation.

Boudreau holds a B.S. in business administration from American International College and a J.D. from Western New England University.

“I am honored to join the board and look forward to working with my fellow board members to serve the students at Westfield State University,” said Boudreau.

Thalita Neves of Shrewsbury, Mass. was elected by the student body to serve as the Westfield State University student trustee for the 2019–20 academic year. A junior majoring in criminal justice and communications with a concentration in public relations, Neves served last year as the Student Government Association’s vice president of finance and president of the University’s chapter of the Lambda Sigma National Honors Society for second-year students. Neves is also a campus tour guide, a member of the University’s Honors Program, as well as a mentor to its underclassmen.

Neves was sworn into her position with her fellow student trustees of Massachusetts state colleges and universities in August by Gov. Charlie Baker at a State House ceremony in Boston.  

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. For more information about Westfield State University, visit,, or


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