Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield State University President Ramon Torrecilha named AASCU chair-elect

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2019
CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523


WestfieldRamon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D. president of Westfield State University, has been appointed the new chair-elect of American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Board of Directors. Torrecilha’s appointment was announced at the recent AASCU annual meeting. He will serve as chair in 2021.

Torrecilha has served on AASCU’s Board of Directors since 2017 and on AASCU’s Committee on Student Success, Millennium Leadership Initiative Executive Steering Committee, Finance Committee, Executive Committee, and with the American Democracy Project.

A seasoned leader, President Torrecilha has worked to build successful programs to support student success. He has introduced several initiatives on Westfield State’s campus, including a four-year student engagement project, an early college experience partnership with local high schools, and high-demand degree programs with flexible schedule options.

“It is an honor to be named chair-elect of the AASCU board,” said Dr. Torrecilha. “On the national stage, AASCU has been an integral voice and advocate for its nearly 400-member public colleges and universities and the students they educate and inspire across the country.”

Appointed the 20th president of Westfield State in December 2015, he was previously a professor, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at California State University Dominguez Hills. He also served as executive vice president of Mills College as well as its acting president on two separate occasions.

In addition to the AASCU board, Dr. Torrecilha currently serves on the AASCT Finance Committee and on the boards for the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, and Stanley Park of Westfield, Inc. He earned his B.A. and M.S. in sociology from Portland State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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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