2010-2011 HERS Wellesley Institute graduates two Salem State University faculty and administrators

Elisa Castillo and Michelle Pierce

Elisa Castillo, assistant director of counseling services at Salem State University, and Associate Professor Michelle Pierce, who serves as chairperson of the university’s School of Education, recently graduated from the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute at Wellesley College.

The 66 participants selected for this year’s institute represented 55 institutions across the United States. Responding to the current environment for higher education globally, the Wellesley Institute this year had a special focus entitled, “Women Leaders: Facing the Challenges as We Re-Invent Higher Education.”  Attendee studied a broad range of topics including “Planning and Leading Change in the Academy,” “Managing and Investing Strategic Resources” and “Engaging Individual and Institutional Diversity.”

Elisa Castillo and Michelle Pierce have been at Salem State University for six and 10 years respectively. Castillo earned her PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002, and Pierce earned her EdD in literacy, language and cultural studies at Boston University in 2000. The two were selected to represent the university through a process facilitated by president’s office, joining a group of six current and former women leaders at the institution who have completed the HERS program. Michele Sweeney, associate dean of Salem State’s School of Arts and Sciences, and Joanna Gonsalves, associate professor of psychology and coordinator of the university’s honors program, have been selected to attend the institute in 2011-2012.

HERS is an educational non-profit that provides leadership and management development for women in higher education administration. Since 1972, it has served the higher education community through the preparation of more than 3,000 women leaders attending HERS institutes. Wellesley’s HERS institute has been providing female college faculty and administrators the opportunity to participate in an intensive program that prepares them to be leaders in higher education since 1978.

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