Bill Messner

Bill Messner is President of Holyoke Community College and a member of the Holyokehcc.png 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.

Articles related to Dr. Messner and HID:

Pieces of the Puzzle Coming Together in Holyoke

Everything from improving and broadening the housing stock, especially with market-rate options that would attract young professionals, to programs that would encourage entrepreneurship; from public investments aimed at spurring private development to a focus on expanding the creative economy; from public-private partnerships to bolstering the hospitality industry.

$1.75 Million State Grant to fund HCC Culinary and Hospitality School in Downtown Holyoke

A grant of $1.75 million will allow HCC's culinary arts and hospitality program to build a new cutting-edge, state-of-the-art center in downtown Holyoke that will enable the school to double its size and add an associate's degree to its certificate program.

The Holyoke Innovation District finds creative solutions to revitalizing the city

While Boston’s Seaport Innovation District has garnered praise and attention, the efforts in Holyoke to revitalize vacant mill and factory sections of the city with new businesses and spur economic growth has been steadily and successfully moving forward for more than half a decade.

HCC Awarded Funding To Expand Hospitality Industry Job Training

HCC Massachusetts has been awarded federal funding to build new classrooms to train people for careers in the hospitality industry, a field where job opportunities will explode in a few years with the opening of a casino in Springfield.

STCC and HCC launch accelerated manufacturing careers program

Springfield Technical and Holyoke community colleges launch accelerated manufacturing careers program.

Bill Messner
Bill Messner
Holyoke Community College