The Springfield College Board of Trustees recently announced the outcome of its 2021-22 board election results during its annual spring meeting. The Board of Trustees, the primary governing body of the College, is responsible for major decisions and changes on campus, and comprises an integral part of the progress and advancement of the College.
William A. Burke, III, of East Longmeadow, Mass., will serve as Chair for the Springfield College Board of Trustees. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola College, and also received a Master of Business Administration from Loyola College Sellenger School of Management.
Bridget Belgiovine, Wellesley, Mass., will serve as Vice-Chair for the Springfield College Board of Trustees. She is the retired Chair of the Department of Physical Education and Recreation and Director of Athletics at Wellesley College, and received her Master’s in Education from Springfield College.
The following individual has been elected to serve a two-year term on the Springfield College Board of Trustees (Class of 2023):
Lisa B. Emirzian, Longmeadow, Mass., is Dentist and Owner of Emirzian, Mariano & Associates. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Springfield College.
The following individuals have been elected to serve a three-year term on the Springfield College Board of Trustees (Class of 2024):
MaryLynn A. Jacobs, a resident of Enfield, Conn., is vice president of Operations at ATI Physical Therapy. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Springfield College, and master’s degree from Boston University.
Michele A. Megas-Ditomassi, resident of Longmeadow, Mass., is a retired educator who earned her bachelor’s degree and certificate of advanced graduate study from Springfield College.
James H. Ross, III, resident of Wilbraham, Mass., is Principal Officer of The Hollenbach Group, LLC, of Springfield, Mass., and has been on the Board of Trustees since 2012.
John H. Walker, a resident of Oakville, Ontario, is a retired managing director for Kensington Capital Partners Limited. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Springfield College.
The following individuals have been elected to serve a five-year term on the Springfield College Board of Trustees (Class of 2026):
John A. Odierna, Longmeadow, Mass., Attorney at Law, Law Offices of John A. Odierna in Springfield, Mass. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Springfield College.
Robert M. Sullivan Jr., Longmeadow, Mass., Owner, The Sullivan Companies, R.M. Sullivan Transportation, Inc., Westfield, Mass.
Student Trustee and Student Trustee-Elect:
Sabrina Williams, a native of Hartford, Conn., was elected as the Student Trustee. Williams is a Sociology/English major, and will be entering her senior year in the fall. She has worked with the Office of Multicultural Affairs on the campus to provide a safe space for students of marginalized groups on campus, and she is co-president of the Women of Power student-led group on the campus.
Samantha Hourihan, a native of Bridgewater, Mass., will serve as Student Trustee-Elect. A Physical Therapy major, Hourihan has been named to dean’s list multiple times, and is a member of the women’s basketball team. She earned NEWMAC Women's Basketball Co-Rookie of the Year honors after an impressive first season for the Pride in 2019-20.
Springfield College is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Approximately 4,100 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students, study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its regional campuses across the country. Springfield College inspires students through the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy – educating in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.