As the shifting statewide, regional and national landscape of higher education continues to push universities and colleges to sharpen their focus on their strengths, President Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D. has hit the ground running at Westfield State University. The following images and captions illustrate some of the highlights of his first several months in this leading, influential role.
After officially being named the incoming president, Dr. Torrecilha meets faculty and staff during a campus visit.
President Torrecilha speaks with students at the December “Pancakes with the President” event.
Dr. Torrecilha enters the President’s Office suite for the first time in January 2016.
President Torrecilha meets Dean Cheryl Stanley and Audrey Antosz from the Department of Education as he tours each Academic Department and Office on his first day leading Westfield State University.
President Torrecilha visits the Ely Library during his first day campus tour.
President Torrecilha stands with Dr. Carlos Santiago, the first Latino Commissioner of Higher Education, during a campus visit.
President Torrecilha and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren pose with Westfield State students after a discussion on the growing debt affecting college students in the Commonwealth.
President Torrecilha, State Sen. Donald Humason (R-Westfield), State Rep. John Velis (D-Westfield), U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and City of Westfield Mayor Brian Sullivan discuss the growing costs of higher education in the Commonwealth.
President Torrecilha meets City of Westfield Mayor Brian Sullivan.
President Torrecilha stands with State Representatives Sean Garballey (D-Arlington) and John Velis (D-Westfield) during a campus visit.
President Torrecilha meets with students during Fresh Check Day, a mental health awareness event.
President Torrecilha shaves student Ryan Losco’s ’16 head at the 2016 Cancer Buzz Off fundraiser.
President Torrecilha stands with a Westfield State biology student and examines her research presentation at the 2016 Pathways to Excellence Donor Gala.
At the 2016 Pathways to Excellence Donor Gala, Westfield State Trustee Robert Johnson and his wife Ellen stand with President Torrecilha and Brian and Kathy Stevens, who agreed to match all donations, totaling $700,000 in gifts for the university.
President Torrecilha poses with the Westfield State Softball Team after a game in Washington D.C.
President Torrecilha stands with student scholarship recipient Michele Brooks at the 2016 Academic Achievement Awards ceremony.
President Torrecilha with the family members of award recipient Lucille Gibbs at the 2016 Horace Mann Award for Public Service ceremony.
President Torrecilha stands with student veterans at the 2016 Undergraduate Commencement.
President Torrecilha, Gov. Charlie Baker, Board of Trustees Chairman Steven Marcus ’88 and other member of the platform party stand for the singing of the National Anthem at the 2016 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony held at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.