The Professional Women’s Chamber (PWC) has announced that Dr. Arlene Rodriguez, vice president of academic affairs for Springfield Technical Community College has been named the PWC 2016 Woman of the Year.
The Woman of the Year is presented to a woman in the western Massachusetts area who exemplifies outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment, and service to the community. This award has been given annually since 1954 and is publically recognized as one of the most prestigious honors given to any citizen for distinguished service and selfless giving. AT STCC, Dr. Rodriguez oversees all faculty in the academic schools at the College and formerly was the College’s dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She has also served as the Honors College coordinator and professor at the College and is the first Latina vice president of academic affairs at the College.
Dr. Rodríguez speaks English and Spanish, and longs to add Italian to that list. Her love of literature led her to earn three degrees in English, including her undergraduate one from Fordham University, a master’s from Lehigh University, and her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Dr. Rodríguez has been a journalist and a short-fiction writer. For over 10 years, she taught English at Springfield Technical Community College. She has served as the college’s dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences from 2005-2015, when she was then promoted to vice president of academic affairs, the first Latina to serve in that position. She was recently honored with the Springfield Women’s Commission Unsung Heroine Award, was named a 2007 BusinessWest 40 Under 40, and was honored with the STCC Anthony Scibelli Endowed Chair in 2005. She is a member of the YWCA Board of Directors, and serves on Springfield’s Rosa Parks Organizing Committee, Springfield Ward 7 Democratic City Committee, Springfield Armory Council and the WGBY Board of Tribunes and Latino Advisory Board. Dr. Rodriguez resides in Springfield, MA.
A celebration in her honor will be held on May 24, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Carriage House, Storrowton Tavern, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield. Reservations may be made online at www.springfieldregionalchamber.com or by contacting Kara Cavanaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.