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July 14, 2014

Dr. F. Javier Cevallos kicked off his tenure as the 16th President of Framingham State University on July 1st with plans to do a lot of exploring during his first few months on campus.

“I want to meet with as many people as possible,” Cevallos said. “Students, faculty, staff, alumni, the foundation. I want to learn from the community.”

On just his third day at FSU, Cevallos had the pleasure of participating in a special Opening of the Doors Reenactment Ceremony as part of the University’s 175th Anniversary Celebrations. The event took place in Lexington, at the site of the original school house where Framingham State (known then as the Lexington Normal School) opened as the first public teacher preparation college in the country.

“What a great way to start my job, celebrating the great history of our institution,” Cevallos said.

Cevallos had been president at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania 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, 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.

Dr. Cevallos welcomes feedback from members of the FSU community. He can be reached at jcevallos@framingham.edu.

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 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.

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