Westfield State University President Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D., has been appointed to the 2018 board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Board members, work together on national issues important to higher education to ensure that institutions have the resources and support they need to fulfill their missions. Dr. Torrecilha is Westfield State’s 20th president, appointed in Dec. 2015 and formally invested in Oct. 2016. A first generation college student and graduate of public higher education, Dr. Torrecilha, is a seasoned leader who has worked to build successful programs to support student success. In addition to his priorities of student success and inclusive excellence at Westfield State, Dr. Torrecilha is committed to increasing student retention, reshaping the University’s narrative and presence in the community, and developing a culture of renewed philanthropy.