Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce


Robert Kersting, Ph.D., a long-time professor in Westfield State University’s Department of Social Work, has been appointed as the University’s interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The appointment was announced today at a meeting of the Board of Trustees by Westfield State President Ramon Torrecilha, Ph.D., who informed the group that Dr. Kersting would assume his elevated role at Westfield State on July 1, 2020.

According to Torrecilha, Kersting, as the University’s chief academic officer, will most immediately provide key oversight to critical academic initiatives and the planning for the University’s upcoming New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) accreditation, as well as ongoing enhancements to the University’s student engagement, achievement, and retention measures.

“Dr. Kersting’s extensive institutional knowledge and demonstrated leadership with student-centered programs and initiatives and influential University committees position him well for success as provost on the University’s executive leadership team,” said Torrecilha.

Kersting holds a Ph.D. in social work from Rutgers University in New Jersey, a Master of Social Work from Fordham University in New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, sociology, and social work from Hope College in Michigan.

He will assume the role of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Westfield State in July, following the service of current Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Diane Prusank

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