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Presidential Search Committee

Richard Logan '70, Chair
Barbara Gardner '82 
Paul Manning '14, Student Trustee
Robert Richards, Esq. '83

Foundation Board Rep.
Kevin Foley '84

Thierry Aka 

FSU Faculty and Staff
Meg Daly Carlisle
Dr. Susan Dargan
Dr. Robert Donohue
Margot Early  
Mark Powers
Dr. Ellen Zimmerman

Erin Nechipurenko
non-voting, affirmative action officer

Department of Higher Education
Dr. Carlos Santiago

FSU BOT Recommends F. Javier Cevallos as next President

The Board of Trustees of Framingham State University has unanimously recommended the appointment of Dr. F. Javier Cevallos as the 16th president of Framingham State University.

“The Board of Trustees was greatly impressed with the breadth of experience and depth of knowledge Dr. Cevallos demonstrated, as well as his enthusiasm and vision for the future of Framingham State,” said BOT Chairman Joe Burchill. “We have full confidence in his ability to lead the University moving forward.”

The BOT voted to recommend Dr. Cevallos during a special meeting on Tuesday, January 7, concluding a six-month presidential search process. The recommendation will be voted on by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education on January 21st in Boston. If approved, Dr. Cevallos will take over as president in July.

Dr. Cevallos, who is currently president at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, said the history and reputation of FSU attracted him to the position.

“Framingham State is the first public normal school in the nation, so that history and tradition is attractive to anyone in public higher education,” Dr. Cevallos said. “I have admired the institution since the 1990s, when I had a chance to visit and learn about many of the programs.”

Dr. Cevallos has been president at Kutztown University since 2002. He began his career in education in 1981 as an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Maine at Orono. In 1984, he moved to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was promoted to associate professor in 1988 and to full professor in 1992. In 1994, he was asked to serve as faculty advisor to the provost. In 1996 he was selected as a Fellow by the American Council on Education (ACE) and spent his fellowship at Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut.

Upon his return to UMass, Dr. Cevallos became chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Soon after, he was appointed Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, a post he held until he became President of Kutztown University.

“In many ways, this is like coming home for me,” Dr. Cevallos said. “I have spent so many years of my life in Massachusetts and still have many connections to the area.”

Since his arrival at Kutztown, enrollment has grown from 8,500 to 10,000 students, while the diversity of the student body has grown from 6 percent to 17 percent.

Dr. Cevallos has also overseen significant changes in campus facilities at Kutztown. The campus has completed a new $20 million Science Center, a $21 million classroom/dining facility, the renovation and expansion of Sharadin Visual Arts building ($19 million), and a $21 million renovation of Schaeffer Auditorium, the performing arts center. The campus has also seen the construction of a new $61 million residence hall, a $30 million Student Recreation Center, and a $13 million renovation of the Health Center. This fall the renovation of a traditional residence hall was completed as part of the comprehensive Housing Master Plan that will renovate all university-owned housing over the next ten years. Dr. Cevallos also worked with the Kutztown University Foundation to build a $40 million residential complex that houses over 1,400 students; and through the Foundation facilitated the acquisition and renovation of an Honors Hall, a $2 million project that combines housing and classroom space for honor students.

Dr. Cevallos was one of three finalists chosen from an initial field of 84 applicants reviewed by a 13-member Presidential Search Committee made up of faculty, staff, students and administrators. He spent two days on campus in December meeting with members of the FSU community.

“Throughout the interview process Dr. Cevallos stood out as an exceptional candidate,” said Richard C. Logan, chair of the search committee and vice chair of the Board of Trustees. “The search committee enthusiastically endorses his selection as president.”

Dr. Cevallos earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and his master’s degree and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

*Click here to view the Presidential Search Profile  

Members of the media with questions about the search should contact Communications Director Dan Magazu at 508-626-4539.

Presidential Search Media Coverage:

Former UMass exec gets the nod for Framingham State top post
-MetroWest Daily News 1/8/14

FSU Trustees to Pick New President
-MetroWest Daily News 1/3/14

Interviews to begin with finalists for FSU President
-MetroWest Daily News 11/29/13

Framingham State Announces Three Finalists for University President
-Boston Globe 11/22/13

Framingham State Presidential Finalists Announced
-MetroWest Daily News 11/22/13

Framingham State Presidency Draws 'Significant Interest'
-MetroWest Daily News 9/26/13

Framingham State releases Presidential Search Profile
-MetroWest Daily News 9/10/13

Framingham State trustees appoint interim president
– MetroWest Daily News 7/9/13

FSU board makes plans to find Flanagan’s successor
– MetroWest Daily News 6/8/13

Framingham State President Timothy Flanagan to step down
– Boston Globe 5/10/13

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