Office of the

President Linda Thompson

Greetings and a warm welcome from the beautiful campus of Westfield State University.


Nestled in the heart of the Pioneer Valley, just west of the excitement and bustle of Springfield and the peace and tranquility of The Berkshires, Westfield provides a unique setting for individuals to learn, live, and work.

For more than 180 years, Westfield State has welcomed students to learn without the barriers of race, creed, or economic status. The park-like campus grounds, often referred to as “a public institution with a private feel,” inspire our students to pursue their personal and professional passions. With a campus environment committed to diversity and inclusion, aspiring scholars engage in an accessible and affordable education and are supported by services characterized by a humanistic approach, where we respect and celebrate all individuals.

Students here participate in a broad range of academic, social, and developmental experiences, critical to their personal and professional growth and development. Through interactions with individuals of similar and different backgrounds and beliefs, each member of the vibrant campus community learns and evolves. The University’s emphasis on student success enables each individual to gain the knowledge, skills, and character needed to become responsible leaders and engaged citizens in their communities.

Through partnerships forged with local institutions, businesses, and organizations Westfield State helps educate tomorrow’s leaders and shape the economy of Western Massachusetts. Students develop relationships with exceptional staff, committed to student success from application to graduation, and faculty, who regularly partner with students in research and projects fostering creative activity.

Academic support services and resources are fostered through our Center for Student Success and Engagement, which provides students with well-rounded support, streamlined processes, and a space for collaboration with all campus community members.

Westfield State is building its reputation and striving toward a vision to be recognized as the premier public comprehensive institution in the Northeast. As president I am honored to lead the University through this transformation as we champion the strength and value of a public liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies education.



Linda Thompson, DrPh, MPH, RN, FAAN