In an executive session of the September Board meeting, the Board of Trustees, in recognition of the exemplary work of President Cooper, recommended an extension beyond her existing contract scheduled to conclude on June 30, 2022. Chair of the Board of Trustees James Ross said the 34-member board enthusiastically endorsed a contract extension for President Cooper.
“Dr. Cooper has done an outstanding job of leading Springfield College through the process of creating a new vision and a strategic plan, especially to foster a positive and effective learning environment during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ross. “She has developed and led a team of dedicated faculty and staff who share her dedication and commitment to Springfield College. We feel extremely fortunate to be able to offer her this extended contract and for her to accept.”
Dr. Cooper, the 13th president of Springfield College, is in her eighth year. Under her leadership, the Springfield College community has experienced a unified rededication to its Humanics philosophy and mission of leadership in service to others, and has committed itself to educational excellence through cultivation of partnerships that allow students to produce new knowledge and that engage diverse populations. She continues to foster an internal environment that reflects shared governance among its faculty, staff, and students, and an external environment that is safe and welcoming for the College community and its city neighbors.
“I am thrilled to continue to lead this incredible College with its unique mission of committing to the whole student,” said Cooper. “Not unlike our students, I was drawn to our dedication in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others. It is my pleasure to have the honor of leading us into the future.”