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Kristine Goodwin Named Vice President of Student Affairs at Western New England University


SPRINGFIELD, MA (01/18/2022) Western New England University (WNE) President Robert E. Johnson is please to announce the appointment of Kristine C. Goodwin as the University’s Vice President of Student Affairs.

“Kristine Goodwin is a widely respected administrator in the field of student affairs with over 30 years of direct experience. She is a proven problem solver and highly regarded in her field,” said Johnson. “Western New England University is fortunate to have Kristine join us.”

Goodwin is charged with developing and maintaining an energized approach to cultivating an engaged student environment where learning, academic success, career readiness, and personal development are top priorities. She will oversee the University’s departments of Athletics, Career Education, Residence Life, Community Standards and Education, Student Involvement and Leadership Development, Inclusive Excellence, and the Center for Health and Wellness.

Goodwin earned a B.A. from Westfield State University and a M.Ed. from UMass Lowell before graduating magna cum laude from the UMass School of Law in 2020. Having been a senior executive in higher education for over twenty years at multiple institutions, and most recently having worked as an attorney and adjunct faculty member teaching ethics, Goodwin is excited to serve the WNE community. She succeeds Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Bryan Gross, who will return to his previous position as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing.

Western New England University (WNE) is a private, nationally ranked, comprehensive institution with a focus on preparing work-ready and world-ready graduates. Founded in 1919 in Springfield, Massachusetts as a division of Northeastern College, WNE’s 215-acre suburban campus serves more than 3,700 students, including over 2,500 full-time undergraduates. More than 47,000 alumni have earned degrees through its 90+ undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and School of Law. Students come from 39 U.S. states and territories and 23 countries. Of 45,104 living alumni, 30% remain within the region, residing in the four Western Massachusetts counties and northern Connecticut.

WNE is classified among nationally ranked universities in US News and World Report, and among the Top 100 Undergraduate Engineering programs, and in the Doctoral/Professional Universities category in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.