Once again summer has passed us by and students have already started returning to campuses across the Commonwealth.  MWPHE, Inc. wishes you, your colleagues and students a happy and successful academic year!


Massachusetts Women in Public Higher Education, Inc. (MWPHE) continues to grow and thrive due to the collective support of public higher education institutions in the Commonwealth.  Now in our 35th year, MWPHE will continue our long standing tradition of supporting women working in public higher education.


Your institutional membership qualifies all women on your campus to take advantage of reduced conference fees, and to apply for professional development funding up to $2,000.00, an increase of $1,000.00 from April 2016.  Membership with MWPHE, also allows all female students to apply for our Student Achievement Scholarship Awards that have increased from $500.00 to $1,000.00 this year, due to MWPHE’s fundraising efforts!


Our annual conference will be held at the Deven’s Commons on Friday, March 31, 2017.


We are continuing with our ongoing theme of “Be a Better You” and our conference will include keynote speaker is Nancy Hunter Denney.  If you attended out last conference you got a little taste of her smart, witty, and hilarious take on women. Ms. Denny is a nationally recognized author, and educator dedicated to empowering others to maximize their personal influence, inspire others and seek happiness. She seeks to encourage a personal sense of responsibility (and obligation) for serving a greater social good by sharing strategies for enhanced engagement in one’s work place, areas of study, organizations and communities. Additionally, and back by popular demand, breakout sessions and a panel discussion featuring prominent women in public higher education will be offered. 


The executive committee and I look forward to hearing your feedback and wish you all a great semester!




Joanne L. Bigelow