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President Caprio

Celebrating the Impact and Influence of President Anthony S. Caprio
President Caprio will retire from Western New England University in June 2020, after 24 years of distinguished leadership. He is the longest serving president in our history and his career at the University comes to a close at the intersection of the recent celebration of our Centennial and the beginning of our second century.

What has President Caprio's leadership meant to you?
While we can't be together in person, we hope you will share your well wishes, messages of congratulations, and favorite memories with Dr. Caprio in our Virtual Guest Book. Upon his retirement in June, we will share your messages with President Caprio in a digital presentation as well as a printed book.


"The faculty and staff of the University and our great students continue to inspire me each day. We have all worked in harmony all these years with a common purpose—the advancement and continued elevation of our University...How fortunate I am to have had this job. Even now in my 24th year, I can say there is nothing else I would have preferred to be doing. My time here has been deeply gratifying and profoundly rewarding. I am grateful to you for so many things. I thank you. I say this from the bottom of my heart."

–President Anthony S. Caprio


The $1 million Caprio Challenge is an opportunity to celebrate President Caprio on the occasion of his retirement, and to recognize him for his leadership, dedication, and service to Western New England University. The Challenge is made possible with support from a group of Trustees and benefactors who have collectively offered $500,000 in matching funds. Now we turn to you—our alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, and friends—to make your own gift to Western New England University in honor of President Caprio. Your gift will not only demonstrate your appreciation for Dr. Caprio’s many contributions to the University; it will also help us access the matching funds and propel us toward our $1 million goal.

Thank You to Our Challenge Leaders

John J. Brennan '71 • Janet Johnson Bullard '69 • Kevin S. Delbridge '77/H'19
Michael J. Flynn '82/G'83 • Stanley Kowalski III '92 • Kenneth M. Rickson '75
Roger W. Wade L'82 • Kathleen A. White '78 • Lyman and Leslie Wood

Make Your Gift Today

Invest in one of Dr. Caprio’s fundraising priorities, or direct your gift to the area of the University that is most important to you. Your gift will help us access the $500,000 from our Challenge Leaders and move us toward our $1 million goal in honor of President Caprio’s retirement.

  • ONLINE: Use our online giving form
  • BY MAIL: Mail a check payable to Western New England University, memo: Caprio Challenge, to:
    Western New England University | Advancement Division | 1215 Wilbraham Road | Springfield, MA 01119
  • BY PHONE: Call (413)782-1523 to make your gift. We accept MasterCard, VISA, Discover, and American Express. 

Upon his retirement, President Caprio will receive a printed Honor Roll of Donors recognizing you for having honored him through your gift.