Framingham State University Gains Access to Beautiful 65-Acre Property

Framingham State University Gains Access to Beautiful 65-Acre Property

Apr 14, 2016

Framingham State University’s faculty and students will soon have access to a beautiful 65-acre property in Ashland that will be utilized for recreational and academic programs.

The Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA) officially acquired the Warren Conference Center and Inn in Ashland on behalf of Framingham State University (FSU) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on Wednesday, April 13th.

The property, which had been owned by Northeastern University, will be utilized by FSU to support new athletic programs, current academic offerings, and to explore development of a new hospitality major.

“This is a beautiful property that has the potential to greatly benefit our students,” said FSU President F. Javier Cevallos. “Not only will it allow us to enhance current offerings, but it will provide us with space to explore new programs. We are very grateful to State Senator Karen Spilka for advocating for this purchase and to the entire state legislature for supporting the proposal.”

The Conference Center & Inn is managed by Flik Hotels & Conference Centers and hosts corporate events and social gatherings throughout the year. The site also includes hotel accommodations and several conference rooms. The University will continue to operate the facility as a conference center.

The land has the potential to benefit several current academic programs on campus, including Environmental Science, Biology, Food & Nutrition, and Marketing and Management. The development of a hospitality major would be the first of its kind for the State University System.

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.