TIMOTHY J. FLANAGAN has led Framingham State University since 2006. Despite the economic recession FSU has experienced a sustained period of growth and development. Framingham State has developed new academic programs, invested in the campus, strengthened faculty development and student support programs, increased enrollment, diversity, selectivity, persistence, graduation rates, and assessment of student learning through the hard work and dedication of faculty, staff, alumni and volunteer leadership. The University has developed a broad array of partnerships and collaborations with community organizations, strengthened relationships with major corporate employers for the benefit of its students, and increased fundraising as it undertook its first comprehensive campaign. During this period of considerable growth and development FSU has honored its mission and character as a small college where the success of each student is sought through small classes, emphasis on undergraduate teaching and learning, personal connection between faculty, staff and students, and a challenging curriculum augmented with a rich set of co-curricular opportunities.
From 1998 to 2006, Dr. Flanagan was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the State University of New York College at Brockport. Prior to joining SUNY Brockport, President Flanagan was on the faculties of Marshall University, the State University of New York at Albany, and Sam Houston State University. For seven years he was Dean of the College of Criminal Justice and Director of the Criminal Justice Center at Sam Houston State. He also served as the Director of the Criminal Justice Research Center (a non-profit research organization in New York) and as consultant to numerous Federal and State criminal justice agencies and higher education institutions and organizations.
Timothy Flanagan is the editor or co-editor of three anthologies and fifteen reference volumes, and forty journal and law review articles about crime, justice, and public policy. He was honored by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences with the Academy Fellow Award for "distinguished teaching and scholarly achievement” and is a Distinguished Alumnus of the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy of the State University of New York. He received the University of Cincinnati Award from the American Probation and Parole Association in 1998 for “outstanding contribution to the field of Corrections in the United States and Canada."
Dr. Flanagan is an avid student of higher education and strives to contribute beyond the campus. He joined a group of 16 university presidents invited to the White House in March 2012 for a broad-ranging discussion with senior administration officials about college costs. He is an active member of national higher education groups including the American Council on Education and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (where he chaired the National Committee on Teacher Education and is a member of the Council of State Representatives, the association’s national policy council). He served on the Executive Committee of the American Council on Education Fellows Program, and has been appointed to the NCAA Committee on Women in Athletics.
In Massachusetts he has been president of the Council of Presidents of the state university system, and serves the Commissioner of Higher Education on statewide task forces on graduation rates and student success, and currently chairs a multistate collaborative to use the AAC&U LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) framework to advance assessment of student learning. Dr. Flanagan served on the Board of Directors of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce from 2007-2010 and serves on the Board of Directors of the 495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership. He also serves on the Steering Committees of Mass Colleges On-line, the MassInsight Advanced Placement Initiative, and the MetroWest STEM Education Network.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Flanagan received the B.A. from Gannon University in Erie, Pa., and the M.A. and Ph.D. from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Dr. Flanagan is an alumnus of the American Council of Education Fellows Program and the Harvard University Institute of Educational Management and the Harvard New Presidents Seminar. He has delivered invited lectures throughout the United States and at leading universities in Austria, Belgium, China, Ireland, Mexico, Scotland and Australia. He maintains an active interest in his research specialization centering on public opinion and public policy, and in higher education.
Timothy Flanagan and his wife of 39 years, Nancy A. Flanagan, Ph.D. are the parents of two children and have four grandchildren.