By Shannon Young
January 29, 2019
WESTFIELD — After more than a year of planning and reorganization, Westfield State University began this academic year with a new four-college structure featuring an all-female administrative team.
The new structure, announced last month, transitions the school’s more than two dozen departments to four new colleges: the College of Graduate and Continuing Education; the College of Mathematics and Sciences; the College of Education, Health and Human Services; and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
In addition to restructuring its Division of Academic Affairs, Westfield State appointed a provost and four founding college deans — all women — to oversee the new system.
They included Diane T. Prusank, who was named provost and vice president for Academic Affairs in May, and Shelley Tinkham, who was appointed dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Education in July 2017.
In June the university named Jennifer A. Hanselman interim dean of the College of Mathematics and Sciences, Juline E. Mills dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and Emily B. Todd interim dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.