The 11 member Westfield State University Board of Trustees is appointed by the governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Each member is appointed for a five-year term, with the possibility of one additional term of five years. Each member of the board is required to take an oath to discharge faithfully, impartially, honestly, and to the best of his or her abilities the duties of a trustee. While trustee terms do expire, the trustees continue to serve on the board until a replacement has been appointed. View the 2018-2019 Committee Assignments.
PENC (Public Education Nominating Council) is charged with this responsibility of appointing trustees and outlines the qualifications on the provided site.
Kevin R. Queenin is the CEO of Specialty Bolt and Screw, Inc., the largest fastener distributor in the northeast, which is nationally recognized for innovative business solutions and partnerships. Specialty Bolt is headquartered in Agawam with offices in California, Canada, Finland, Mexico and Taiwan. A member of the Westfield State Foundation, Queenin earned his bachelor’s degree from Westfield State in 1970.
Dr. Linda L. Slakey serves as senior advisor for the Association of American Universities (AAU) STEM Initiative and as senior fellow for Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)/Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). Dr. Slakey taught in the Department of Biochemistry at UMass Amherst for 13 years prior to serving in an administrative capacity as a University dean for nearly two decades. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Siena Heights College and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Michigan.
Madeline Landrau has worked at MassMutual for nearly 20 years, most recently as marketing director for multicultural market development. In her current position, Landrau leads the development and execution of marketing and recruiting strategies to help the company reach the U.S. Hispanic and Latino markets. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in human services from Springfield College.
James C. Hagan is the president and CEO of Westfield Bank. He previously served as a Westfield State University trustee from 1996 to 2006, including a two-year term as chair, and chaired the University’s Access to Excellence campaign, which resulted in the construction of the award-winning Woodward Athletic Center. Hagan holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Westfield State University and an MBA from American International College.
Dr. Terrell M. Hill is the assistant superintendent for Human Resources for Windsor Public Schools and adjunct faculty member at the University of Connecticut. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Westfield State. He has also earned a M.Ed. in higher education administration, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in education and a Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Robert A. Magovern is president of the Agawam-based company Neighbor to Neighbor, a regional “new resident” welcoming company serving customers in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He previously served two terms on the Westfield State Board of Trustees and is active in Agawam, where he is a city councilor and chair of the Republican Town Committee. Magovern holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Boston University.
Dr. Robert A. Martin is a former dean of undergraduate studies and former associate vice president for academic affairs at Westfield State, where he spent 16 years in various positions before leaving for Framingham State. There, he served as vice president for academic affairs prior to filling in as the University’s interim president for one year. Dr. Martin earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wesleyan University and his master’s and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester.
Lydia E. Martinez-Alvarez made history when she was selected as the first Latina to serve as Assistant Superintendent at Springfield Public Schools, a role she has held since 2012. Martinez-Alvarez holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Westfield State, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Elms College, and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Edward C. Sullivan is a former mayor (2014-–15), former city councilor (2000–06) and a lifelong resident of the city of West Springfield. He serves as executive vice president of Sullivan Paper Company, Inc., an innovative convertor of quality specialty papers with emphasis on design and color for more than 75 years, located in his hometown. Sullivan received his Bachelor of Science degree from Springfield College.