Office of the President

Diane Prusank

Dr. Diane Prusank, Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs

As the university’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Dr. Prusank serves as the chief academic officer responsible for the overall excellence of the university’s academic life and programs. Dr. Prusank is responsible for the university’s four colleges (the colleges of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science; Mathematics and Sciences; Education, Health, and Human Services; and Graduate and Continuing Education); the Ely Library and Academic Technology Services; Institutional Research and Assessment; and the Office of the Registrar.  Dr. Prusank provides direction and oversight to the initiatives and activities of Academic Affairs including The Westfield State Experience, Westfield State’s signature student success program, and The Westfield Promise, an early college partnership with local school districts; as well as academic support services including Academic Advising, TRiO, Urban Education, and Banacos Center.

Phone: (413) 572-5214
Website: Academic Affairs


Erica Broman

Dr. Erica Broman, Vice President for Institutional Advancement

As vice president for Institutional Advancement and executive director of the Westfield State Foundation, Dr. Broman provides leadership and strategic direction for the advancement and alumni relations divisions of the university. She is responsible for increasing the university’s visibility, enhancing the alumni network, developing links with the community, and building financial support for the strategic priorities of the institution.

Phone: (413) 572-8644
Website: Institutional Advancement

Dan Forster

Mr. Daniel Forster, Vice President for Enrollment Management

As vice president for Enrollment Management, Mr. Forster provides leadership and support in advancing the overall enrollment goals of the university and overseeing the departments of admission, financial aid, and marketing.  He works collaboratively with university constituencies to develop a comprehensive strategic enrollment management plan and collaborates with the other university divisions to implement academic and student development goals, initiatives, standards, policies, and procedures.

Phone: (413) 572-8533
Website: Admissions

Tricia Oliver

Ms. Tricia Oliver, Director of Campus Communication

As chief information officer, Ms. Oliver is responsible for the development and strategy of communication and outreach on behalf of the president and university, including media relations, public relations, and internal and external communication to promote awareness and appreciation of the university’s mission, brand, values, and programs.  She consults and assists in promoting and publicizing the university’s mission, faculty expertise and achievements, faculty and student research, student achievements, and other initiatives.

Phone: (413) 572-8575
Website: Public Affairs


Dr. Gloria Lopez

Dr. Gloria Lopez, Vice President for Student Affairs

As vice president for Student Affairs, Dr. Lopez is responsible for the overall excellence of the university’s student affairs programs. Dr. Lopez manages all programs and personnel in the division of Student Affairs including the departments of Athletics, campus center, career center, counseling center, diversity and inclusion, student activities, health services, public safety, residential life, student conduct and student government. She supports the president and the university’s efforts to promote a positive relationship between the university and the City of Westfield, involving key faculty, community leaders, and university officials.

Phone: (413) 572-5400
Website: Student Affairs

Stephen Taksar

Mr. Stephen Taksar, Vice President for Administration and Finance

As vice president for Administration and Finance and chief financial officer, Mr. Taksar provides leadership in developing financial and operational strategies in support of the university’s mission and vision. He is responsible for overseeing the university’s financial resources, internal audit/risk management, capital planning, facilities, auxiliary services (campus dining), information technology, procurement and human resources.

Phone: (413) 572-8241
Website: Administration & Finance


Susan Leggett

Dr. Susan Leggett, Chief of Staff

The chief of staff reports directly to, and works closely with, the president on a wide variety of administrative and executive duties, special projects, and initiatives including the university’s strategic planning process. The chief of staff serves as an advisor to the president and acts as a liaison to internal and external constituencies. The chief of staff is responsible for promoting and supporting the mission and values of the university and coordinating special and high-priority projects.

Phone: (413) 572-8014