George Gilmer, ’92, has been appointed to the Westfield State University Board of Trustees.
Gilmer previously served as a trustee from Dec. 2007 to March 2012 and replaces trustee Lydia Martinez-Alvarez whose five-year term ended in Aug. 2022. Martinez-Alvarez remained in holdover status by the Governor’s office until Mr. Gilmer’s appointment on Jan. 3.
Gilmer is chief financial officer for ActBlue, a Somerville-based non-profit, online fundraising platform working with democratic political candidates. Prior to this position, Gilmer held senior positions in finance and investor services with State Street Bank and BNY Mellon, both in Boston. At State Street Bank, Gilmer served as Senior Vice President, Investor Services, Americas. At BNY Mellon, he was Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Asset Servicing. He also was a member of the Operating Committee.
Westfield State Board of Trustees Chairman, Dr. Robert A. Martin praised Gilmer’s financial experience and dedication to Westfield State. “I am pleased to welcome George Gilmer back to Westfield State. He brings a longstanding attachment and loyalty to the university – that extends also to several of his family members – together with a strong background in financial management and analysis. I am sure this background will serve the university well.”
On outgoing Trustee Martinez-Alvarez, Martin said, “As chair of the Board committee which oversees Enrollment Management and also with seats on the Academic Affairs, Audit, and JEDI committees, she has been a passionate and effective advocate for students, always putting them first in her contributions to the Board.”
“I am extremely excited to be a member of the Westfield State University Board of Trustees,” Gilmer said. “My experience as an undergraduate athlete prepared me for a career in finance and financial services. Giving back by participating on the board is something that gives me joy. I look forward to working with President Thompson, my fellow board members, staff and students."
A 1992 graduate of Westfield State University, Gilmer earned a B.S. in business management with a focus on accounting. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Rhode Island.