Golden Bear Goodbye

After 41 years working at Western New England University, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development Maureen Hart Keizer is retiring.


Affectionately known as “Moe,” she joined the Golden Bear community when she started as coordinator of Student Activities and the advisor to the Committee on Programming and Entertainment, which is now the Campus Activities Board. Over the years, she has been promoted several times and added Leadership Development and student conduct to her purview. Not only has Moe been a truly valued and beloved member of our community, but she is the heart of all student activities and her shining personality will be sorely missed. As for the next chapter, Moe plans to get into traveling, improving her golf game, joining a community music ensemble, and volunteering with a children’s literacy program. Moe also looks forward to spending more time with her husband and her adult children and their spouses.


“One of my favorite quotes is ‘become the change you want to see in the world’ by Gandhi,” she says. “I still aspire to this today and look back on my years at Western New England and can identify many events, traditions, and services that I have brought to campus because someone needed to take the initiative to ‘get it done.’ Those who know me well know I am a ‘no drama’ type person and am very comfortable behind the scenes making things happen without a lot of fanfare. I consider myself a positive change for many, but especially for my students.”