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Dale Hamel, Executive Vice President
Dale Hamel has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration, predominantly in public higher education financing, policy and planning. He has spent the last 15 years in senior policy and finance positions in Massachusetts public higher education, at both the institutional and state levels, and prior to that worked at a number of public and private higher education institutions as well as private industry. Dale is Executive Vice President for Administration, Finance and Technology and oversees the University’s Business Office, Information Technology Services, Facilities, Athletics, Human Resources, and Public Safety. Dale has participated in numerous college accreditation, institutional charter, and program approval teams. Dale has undergraduate degrees in business administration (B.A.) and computer information systems (B.S.), master’s degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and Higher Education Policy Planning and Administration (Ed.M.), and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration (Ph.D.) with a research focus on the effects of economic cycles on the financing of public higher education.
Susanne H. Conley, Vice President
Susanne Conley graduated from Framingham State University with a BA magna cum laude in history in 1990 then spent five years at Brandeis University, where she earned a master’s in history and was director of the writing center. She earned her doctorate in higher education administration from UMass Boston in 2007.
Since 1995, as director of Framingham State University’s writing center, associate dean of academic affairs, and as dean of students, she has been influential in many innovative programs, including the honors program, e-portfolios, student retention, orientation and first-year programs.
In her role as Vice President for Enrollment and Student Development, Dr. Conley leads a University division dedicated to supporting students throughout every phase of their college experience.
Linda Vaden-Goad, Provost and Vice President
Linda Vaden-Goad, Ph.D. joined Framingham State University in August 2010 as Vice President for Academic Affairs. From 2002-2010, she served as the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at Western Connecticut State University. During her years as dean, she presided over successful programs dealing with college readiness, new academic programs using residency and non-residency models, increasing student success factors, greater community collaboration and involvement, tighter articulation agreements with community college partners, resources and support for augmenting the teacher/scholar model, global studies opportunities (faculty-led study trips, learning communities, use of videoconferencing technology for co-teaching), student/faculty collaborative research, the creation of discipline-specific undergraduate research journals, fundraising efforts to support the creation of brick programs and endowed chairships, the celebration of students’ academic success, considerations of the “whole student” in problem-solving, and guiding perspectives that are respectful of good governance. Prior to her work in Connecticut, she was a psychology professor and later department chair at the University of Houston-Downtown. Her research has focused on self-silencing in intimate relationships, depression, and attributional style.
Linda and her husband, Bob, a mathematics professor at Southern Connecticut State University, live in Framingham, and they enjoy reading, hiking, playing tennis, and exploring new places. They have four adult children living in New York, Houston, and Los Angeles.
Rita P. Colucci, Esq., Chief of Staff and General Counsel
Rita P. Colucci, Esq. currently serves as the Chief of Staff and General Counsel at Framingham State University, where she is also a member of the President’s senior staff and council. An experienced labor attorney, Rita segued into human resources five years ago when asked to serve as the acting human resources director of a 1400-plus employee agency. Rita received a JD from New England – Boston (formerly The New England School of Law) and a BS from Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to joining the staff at Framingham State University, Rita served as the human resources director for the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs, as the director of labor relations for the Department of Employment and Training, and as a labor attorney for the MBTA
Sean Huddleston, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Sean L. Huddleston joined Framingham State University in January 2015 as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer with responsibility for leading the Division of Inclusive Excellence. The division provides counsel, vision and leadership to the university to create and maintain an inclusive and welcoming campus climate for all faculty, staff and students. Additionally, the division collaborates with institutional offices and engages the broader community to enhance the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students who identify as members of underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.
Mr. Huddleston has over two decades of experience in assisting organizations and institutions with building sustainable diversity & inclusion strategies that help improve organizational performance while reaching a broad spectrum of cultures and communities. Previously, he served as Assistant Vice President for Inclusion & Equity and Director of Intercultural Training, Learning and Development for Grand Valley State University with responsibility for developing, leading and assessing university-wide initiatives to enhance diversity, inclusion and intercultural competence. Prior to his roles in higher education, Mr. Huddleston held positions leading organizational diversity and inclusion initiatives for fortune 500 corporations as well as national and regional non-profit organizations. Mr. Huddleston is Cornell University Certified Diversity Advanced Practitioner, and noted Diversity Speaker, Educator, and Trainer.