Worcester State University


Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998 he has been a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine covering a wide range of subjects and stories. Skerry  was born and raised in Central Massachusetts and lives with his family in Uxbridge, Mass. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in media and communications from Worcester State College in 1984.

An award-winning photographer, Brian is praised worldwide for his aesthetic sense as well as his journalistic drive for relevance. His uniquely-creative images tell stories that not only celebrate the mystery and beauty of the sea, but also help bring attention to the large number of issues that endanger our oceans and its inhabitants.

Skerry has written five books, including "Successful Underwater Photography" (coauthored with Howard Hall) and "Ocean Soul." Besides his 19 published National Geographic stories, his work has also been featured in a number of magazines and he has appeared on several television programs.

Brian Skerry is a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and explorer-in-residence at the New England Aquarium in Boston.


Matthias Waschek

Matthias Waschek, a native of Germany, wrote his PhD on French art theory of the end of the 19th-century, which encompasses thinking about the Fine and Decorative Arts, as well as architecture and literature in a globalizing world. As head of academic programs at the Louvre he conceived and published lecture series and symposia and as director of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis he shaped the identity of a young and experimental institution with a strong community impact.

Throughout his museum career he interfaced among academia, the museum world, and the public. He generated numerous initiatives where universities and museums collaborated on experimental programs, such as a partnership between the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis., Waschek, who was appointed in November of 2012 director of the Worcester Art Museum, is very interested in strengthening ties between the Museum and local colleges and universities.. One of his goals for the Worcester Art Museum is to make it a shared university art museum, with programs reaching beyond the confines of art history and archeology. He plans to create a rich exhibition schedule for and with the colleges as well as shared activities to benefit the participating institutions of higher education, the museum and the greater Worcester community.

It is on the basis of strong ties with local colleges and universities that he hopes to make the museum an urban player in Worcester, strengthening an already existing culture of creativity, innovation and cohesion.


Dr. Fredrick W. Woodward

Frederick Woodward has more than two decades of executive leadership experience as a college president and was the 17th president of Westfield State University. He was president of the
President’s Councils of three states and was named a Transformational Leader for the 21st Century by the University of Texas Leadership Program. Dr. Woodward has chaired national, regional and statewide conferences and served as a consultant on the development of institutions in Greece and New Jersey. He was the President of the University Colleges of Technology Alliance and of the Partnership of Environmental Technology Education. Most recently, Dr. Woodward has led the not-for-profit private economic development organization the Development Corporation as President and CEO.  He lives with his wife in Plattsburgh, NY.

 -Photo courtesy of Westfield campus photographer David Fried

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