President’s Office

Greetings from Interim President Elizabeth Preston

Elizabeth Preston

A complete university experience, a classic New England setting, a cohesive and creative community:  that's Westfield State University.

As interim president, I am inspired by the Westfield State University spirit of community. That spirit arises from a collective understanding of our mission: commitment to teaching, to student involvement in the life of the university, and a dedication to civic engagement and social responsibility.

That mission, in turn, is deeply rooted in a groundbreaking history. Westfield State University began as the first, public, coeducational teachers college in the nation, founded upon the concept of education as opportunity. As Westfield State has evolved into the comprehensive university it is today, that tradition of opportunity, aspiration, and transformation continues to energize our faculty and students.

Discover how we explore new perspectives and form new connections.  Learn how our graduates are finding new avenues for leadership and fulfillment every day.  Understand how Westfield State University is a tremendous resource for the region: cultivating partnerships and contributing to cultural, environmental, and economic vitality.

That's the Westfield State University that inspires me.  I trust you will find inspiration here, too.


Elizabeth Preston
Interim President