Westfield State University has appointed long-time administrator and Westfield State alumna Azanda Seymour, Ed.D., as executive director of its new Center for Student Success and Engagement (CSSE).
Part of the Division of Academic Affairs, the CSSE was formalized to provide comprehensive and coordinated academic support and programming for students. The Center serves as the umbrella for the Banacos Academic Center, the Honors Program, the Office of Academic Advising and Transfer Transition, the Reading and Writing Center, the TRiO Student Support Services Program, and the Urban Education Program (UEP).
Previously, Seymour served as director of the University’s UEP, which was founded in 1968 to provide collegiate opportunities to first-generation students, students of color, and students who experience financial challenges. She has worked for Westfield State since 2008, beginning as an advisor in the Academic Advising Center and later holding positions as assistant director of the UEP, and as executive assistant to the president. During her tenure, she has served the University on numerous search, steering, and planning committees.
A 1992 alumna of Westfield State and the UEP, Seymour holds a B.A. in mass communication, a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Hartford.
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