President Cevallos named a "President-in-Residence" at Harvard Graduate School following upcoming Retirement from FSU

President Cevallos named a "President-in-Residence" at Harvard Graduate School following upcoming Retirement from FSU

Mar 2, 2022

The Harvard Graduate School of Education recently announced the appointment of Framingham State University President Javier Cevallos and Amherst College President Biddy Martin as Presidents-in-Residence for the 2022–23 school year. 

President Cevallos is set to retire from FSU at the end of the current academic year. Dr. Nancy Niemi will take over as President of Framingham State on July 1st, 2022.

"We're excited to have two such accomplished leaders joining us," says Francesca Purcell, senior lecturer and faculty co-chair of the Higher Education Concentration. "The landscape of higher education encompasses such a range of institutions and the leadership experiences each of these presidents are bringing really reflects that diversity."

Cevallos and Martin will join higher education master's students in the residential and online programs for discussions about and reflections on leadership in higher education and the contemporary challenges in the field. They will also serve as advisers and provide mentorship to students looking to pursue careers in higher education.

"Our students all have the potential to be incredible leaders, and the Presidents-in-Residence have always helped bring that out," says Purcell, who co-leads the HGSE's new Higher Education Concentration with Lecturer Alexis Redding. "[Cevallos and Martin] are incredibly thoughtful and approachable — they'll connect authentically with students to help them think about what impactful leadership looks like."

With a deep and long history at public institutions of higher education, Cevallos has worked to bring a global perspective to campus, most recently at Framingham State University where he created partnerships with universities in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Brazil. Throughout his career, he has worked to increase enrollment, diversity, and school selectivity while nimbly aligning resources with school mission.

"I'm honored to receive this appointment from the Harvard Graduate School of Education," says Cevallos. "While my time as a university president is coming to an end, my passion for public higher education remains. I look forward to mentoring the next generation of leaders and discussing ways to address the range of challenges facing higher education."

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.