Bill Messner is President of Holyoke Community College and a member of the Holyoke Innovation District Kitchen Cabinet. Bill began his tenure as president of Holyoke Community College on August 16, 2004. Before that he served for seven years as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges where he was responsible for the management of a 13-campus institution, which functions as part of the University of Wisconsin System. From 1986 to 1996 Bill served as president of Orange County Community College in New York.
Since coming to Holyoke, Bill has become an active part of the community by serving on numerous boards. Bill is currently the President of the United Way of the Pioneer Valley Board. In addition he serves on The Regional Employment Board, the Economic Development Council, the Network to End Homelessness, the Greater Springfield Visitor and Convention Bureau, and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. During FY13, Bill served as president of the Massachusetts Community College President's Council, and currently serves as chair of the Massachusetts Higher Education Partnership to Advance Collaboration & Efficiency. He was also an active member of the Commission for Higher Education Financing.
Bill earned an associate degree in education at Concordia College in New York, a bachelor's degree in history at Concordia Teachers College in Illinois, and both a master's degree and doctorate in history at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
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