Dr. David Caruso, Temporary Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs
As the Temporary Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Caruso serves as the chief academic officer and is charged with providing strategic leadership and execution across a variety of areas. Responsible for ensuring a dynamic academic experience for a diverse study body, Dr. Caruso works to develop and deliver competitive undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs critical to the development of knowledge, skills, and character essential for students to become responsible leaders and engaged citizens.
A search for a permanent Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will be conducted during the 2023 – 24 academic year.
Dr. Michael Freeman, Special Assistant to the President on University Strategies and Chief of Staff
As Special Assistant to the President on University strategies and Chief of Staff, Dr. Freeman reports directly to and works closely with the President on a wide variety of high-level administrative and executive duties, special projects, and initiatives. Dr. Freeman serves as an advisor to the President and acts as a liaison to internal and external constituencies while promoting and supporting the mission and values of the University and coordinating special and high-priority projects.
Dr. Kevin Hearn, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Dr. Hearn is responsible for the development and execution of a comprehensive enrollment and student affairs experience which strives to support student development and learning from the point of admission through graduation.
He is responsible for Admissions, Financial aid, the Career Center, Public Safety, and the Dean of Students. Additionally, Dr. Hearn provides indirect oversight of the following departments and functions: Counseling Center, Health Services, Residential Life, Student Conduct, Student Government, and the Wellness Center.
Mr. Richard (Dick) Lenfest, Athletics Director
As Athletics Director, Mr. Lenfest oversees the University’s 19 intercollegiate sports, which compete in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division III level.
Ms. Lisa McMahon, Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement
As Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Ms. McMahon 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.
Mr. Timothy J. Rooke, Special Assistant to the President on Community and Government Affairs
As special assistant to the President on community and government affairs, Mr. Rooke provides strategic support to Westfield State University by building strong relationships and partnerships with key external groups, organizations, and individuals.
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.