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Western New England University Names New Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

SPRINGFIELD, MA (07/07/2022) Jessica Hill has been named Western New England University’s new Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Vice President for Student Affairs Kristine Goodwin announced today. In this role, Hill will provide leadership focused on promoting student transformation by assisting undergraduates to develop fully, realize their potential, and achieve personal goals.

“I am delighted Jessica has accepted our offer to be WNE’s new Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Kristine Goodwin. “Jessica’s twenty years of professional experience and relentless commitment to student success and advocacy make her the ideal person for this position.”

A life-long resident of Springfield, Hill began her career at WNE in 2020 as the Director of University Advising. Her prior experience includes several leadership roles at Springfield College including Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Assistant Dean of Students, and Director of Academic Advising.

A proud alumna of Western New England University earning her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Hill holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from Springfield College.

“As an alumna of Western New England University, it is a pleasure to work at the institution that afforded me many opportunities as a student; a platform to gain confidence in my skills and abilities, and a safety net to learn from my mistakes and shortcomings,” said Hill. “My hope is that all students will find their home away from home here at WNE by making meaningful connections with students, engaging with faculty and staff, and ultimately discovering their ‘why.’ I am committed to supporting students, faculty, and staff to create an inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment.”

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.