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Westfield State University endowed scholarship created for faculty and staff excellence

President and Dr. Saigo establish find to enhance professional development

WESTFIELD, Mass.—Westfield State University has received a gift from outgoing Interim President Roy H. Saigo, Ph.D., and wife Barbara Saigo, Ph.D., to endow a scholarship to assist employees in their professional development.

“During our time at Westfield State, we have witnessed the hundreds of faculty and staff dedicated to student success,” said Saigo. “In recognition of this work and commitment Barbara and I were inspired to establish this scholarship to assist these talented individuals in their professional journeys.”

Created through the Westfield State Foundation, the Roy and Barbara Saigo Endowment for Faculty, Librarian and Staff Excellence aims to encourage and assist University employees in their pursuit of scholarly and creative activities, including professional presentations, performances, exhibitions, research, innovative endeavors, and publications.

“We were thrilled to learn of the Saigos’ generosity to support Westfield State’s faculty and staff in such a significant way,” said Erica Broman, Ed.D. executive director of the Westfield State Foundation and Westfield State University vice president for institutional advancement. “The Saigo fund will help enhance scholarship pursuits and endeavors.”  

To recognize the Saigos and support their colleagues, members of the campus community have been invited to contribute to the endowed fund.

“The response from the Westfield State community has been significant ensuring a robust fund that will help benefit our students and community for years to come,” said Broman.

Dr. Saigo will conclude his one-year appointment at the end of June and President-elect Linda Thompson will begin her tenure as Westfield State’s 21st president on July 1.

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 a 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 create 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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