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Denise Hurst Names Professional Women's Chamber Woman of the Year

May 7, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 22, 2019 – The Professional Women’s Chamber (PWC) has announced that Denise Hurst, Vice President of Advancement & External Affairs at Springfield Technical Community College, has been named the PWC 2019 Woman of the Year.

The Woman of the Year is presented to a woman in the western Massachusetts area who exemplifies outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment, and service to the community.  This award has been given annually since 1954 and is publically recognized as one of the most prestigious honors given to any citizen for distinguished service and selfless giving. 

Hurst is currently the Secretary-Treasurer for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Inc. and was appointed to regional manager of the Massachusetts State Lottery in Western Massachusetts in 2016. In December 2018, she assumed the role of first ever Vice President of Advancement and External Affairs at Springfield Technical Community College, and has served as an elected member of the Springfield School Committee since 2009.

Hurst is an inaugural graduate of Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, a member of the League of Women Voters, the Collective Majority, and a graduate of the 62nd Citizens’ Legislative Seminar, Massachusetts Senate. She is a graduate of UMass, Amherst, and Springfield College School of Social Work. Denise resides in Springfield with her husband, Springfield City Council President Attorney Justin J. Hurst, Sr.

A celebration in Hurst’s honor, sponsored by BusinessWest, will be held on June 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton in Springfield.  Reservations are may be made online at or by contacting Grace Szydziak at  


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