WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - After more than 20 years of public service, State Senator Michael Knapik will resign from his position in the State Senate to work at Westfield State University.
Knapik will take on the role as the school's new Executive Director of University Advancement. In this position he'll assist WSU President Evan S. Dobelle and the Westfield State Foundation, Inc. board in advancing the university in its' mission. He'll also be working closely with friends, community leaders, employees, donors, and students from various and diverse backgrounds.
Knapik is set to officially step down this Friday, August 9th. He said he's looking forward to his new job. "Westfield State University has played an increasingly important role in our region and our Commonwealth and those who are called upon to assist in its stewardship and advancement have an obligation to ensure it continues to provide unparalleled access for our state's students. I will strive to carry on the strong legacy envisioned by the school's founder, Horace Mann...", said Knapik.
"I know of no other public figure in Massachusetts more widely regarded for his bi-partisanship and resolute integrity than the Senator," said President Dobelle. "I was not involved in this selection process until the search committee presented him as a finalist and his interview with them and me was extraordinary. His passion for Westfield State and his personal reputation and leadership will bring the Foundation, as we begin our 175th anniversary celebration, to never before seen success."
Since 2001, Knapik has served as the ranking Republican member of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. In this position, Knapik worked on reconciling the Annual State Budget and other spending plans. Knapik has served on more budget conference committees than any other current member of the Massachusetts legislature.
Senator Knapik also served on the Senate Committees on Ethics & Rules and Bonding, Capital Expenditures & State Assets. He was a member of six joint legislative committees as well as the Joint Committees on Revenue, Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development, Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Service, Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy, and Veteran and Federal Affairs.
Knapik was sworn in for his tenth term as the State Senator from the Second Hampden & Hampshire District in January of 2013. The district includes the cities of Agawam, Chicopee (Ward 7, Precincts 9A and 8A), Easthampton, Holyoke, and Westfield; and the Towns of Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick, and Tolland.