Westfield State University President Ramon Torrecilha appointed to Board of Directors of American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Westfield State University President Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D., has been appointed to the 2018 Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Board members work together on national issues important to higher education to ensure that institutions have the resources and support they need to fulfill their missions.
Dr. Torrecilha is Westfield State’s 20th president, appointed in December 2015 and formally invested in October 2016. A first generation college student and graduate of public higher education, Dr. Torrecilha is a seasoned leader who has worked to build successful programs to support student success. In addition to his priorities of student success and inclusive excellence at Westfield State, Dr. Torrecilha is committed to increasing student retention, reshaping the University’s narrative and presence in the community, and developing a culture of renewed philanthropy.
“I am proud to serve on the AASCU Board and to represent Westfield State University in public higher education discussions and thrilled to bring back information from these meetings to educate and inform our campus community and Western Massachusetts,” said President Torrecilha. “It is an honor to work with my peers on a national stage through this Board, led by the highly-respected Mildred Garcia, former president of California State University Fullerton.”
The AASCU is a higher education association, based in Washington D.C., of 400 public colleges and universities who “share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.”
In addition to his AASCU board appointment, Dr. Torrecilha currently serves on the boards for the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts and Stanley Park of Westfield, Inc.
A native of Brazil, Dr. Torrecilha earned his B.A. and M.S. in sociology from Portland State University, and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.