From 1932 to 1958, the Administration Building was the heart and soul of Worcester State Teachers College. As a member of the Class of 1943, Mrs. Shaughnessy was one of many alumni who spent their college days in this storied building. She later joined the Worcester State Teachers College faculty and remained a caring and visionary educator until her retirement in 1986.
This naming celebrates Mrs. Shaughnessy’s extensive relationship with Worcester State University, her high academic expectations, and her unfailing commitment to our students. She gave tirelessly of her time, her expertise, and her talents. Mrs. Shaughnessy enthusiastically helped the University add new programs, expand the student body, and remain a leader in Massachusetts public higher education. All the while, she made a significant impact on countless lives—as mentor, teacher, classmate, relative, colleague, and treasured friend. True to her pioneering nature, she fostered the vision of the historic $12 million capital campaign, Opportunity for a Lifetime: A Campaign for the Future of Worcester State College, long before the idea was conceived.
The Board of Trustees’ unanimous approval of naming the renovated Administration Building for Mrs. Shaughnessy is a fitting memorial to a woman who personified so much of what we all cherish. We invite you to explore this website to learn more about Helen G. Shaughnessy, the lives she touched, the wisdom she imparted, the memories she created, and philanthropy she inspired.
Members of the Helen G. Shaughnessy Memorial Committee