President Cevallos Named One of the 100 Most Influential Minorities in Boston

President Cevallos Named One of the 100 Most Influential Minorities in Boston

Apr 6, 2016

Framingham State President F. Javier Cevallos has been named to a list of the 100 most influential minorities in Boston compiled by Get Konnected!

The list aims to showcase minorities who are shaping the region across various sectors, including academia, business, health care, and philanthropy. It is the brainchild of public relations specialist Colette Phillips, who is the creator of Get Connected! Boston’s premiere bi-monthly networking event that brings together urban and international professionals, business executives and entrepreneurs from various cultures.

“It is truly an honor for me to receive this recognition and have my name included among this group of extraordinary leaders,” Cevallos said. “We are fortunate to live in such a wonderfully diverse region and this list represents just a fraction of the many minorities making a difference in our communities.”

Dr. Cevallos took over as president of Framingham State University in 2014, following 12 years as president at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. During his first two years on campus, he has approved the hiring a Chief Officer of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, presided over the opening of a new state-of-the-art science facility and overseen the University’s transition to a system of academic colleges.

During his tenure at Kutztown University, enrollment grew from 8,500 to 10,000 and student diversity increased from 5 percent to 15 percent. He oversaw more than 1,000 employees and a budget of around $150 million.

President Cevallos has strong roots in Massachusetts, having spent nearly 20 years at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he chaired the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and later served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Dr. Cevallos currently serves on the boards of the United Way of Tri-County, Jewish Family Service, and the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Framingham Rotary Club.

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.