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Springfield College Names New President

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Springfield College’s Board of Trustees has named their 13th president of the college.

Board chair Douglass Coupe announced in a statement Monday that Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper has been appointed President of the school, and will assume the role by September 1.

Cooper is currently the senior vice-president for student affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. She is also a lectured in the school’s College of Business and serves as adjunct professor in the Warner School of Education at University of Rochester.

“[Dr. Cooper] is a visionary, with a strong background in higher education and a commitment to community engagement as evidenced by her volunteer leadership with the YMCA, one of the College’s longstanding partners. Most importantly, she cares deeply about students, has rich experience in overseeing all aspects of student life, and understands the importance of strong academic programs coupled with extensive co-curricular opportunities,” says Coupe in a statement.

Prior to joining RIT in 2001, Cooper held leadership roles at other New York including that of dean of students at the University of Rochester and vice president for student affairs at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y.

Cooper adds in a statement, “I am thrilled to join the Springfield College community. The College has such a meaningful mission and renowned reputation and I am honored to have been selected to serve as its next president.”

Cooper succeeds Richard Flynn, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

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