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Director named for UMass' Springfield center

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Springfield native has been selected to lead the new University of Massachusetts downtown Springfield satellite center.

William Davila was named Thursday as director of operations for the UMass Center at Tower Square.

Davila is a 1996 graduate of UMass-Amherst who holds advanced degrees from Boston College and the University of Hartford.

The 26,000-square-foot facility includes classrooms, specialized nursing classrooms, conference rooms and a computer lab. Its first classes in a variety of academic fields are scheduled for Sept. 2.

Davila said in a statement that the Springfield center is "a gateway to opportunity."

Davila says he plans to engage area businesses so they understand the opportunities available to their employees at the center.

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