Executive Staff

Dr. Dale Hamel, Executive Vice President

Office of Administration, Finance, and Information Technology

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.

Dr. Linda Vaden-Goad, Provost and Vice President

Office of Academic Affairs

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.

Dr. Lorretta Holloway, Vice President

Office of Enrollment and Student Development

Dr. Holloway has been a highly respected faculty member in the English Department for the past fifteen years, teaching undergraduate, graduate, and high school students in FSU’s College Tomorrow program. Her K-16 work includes creating and teaching professional development courses on teaching gifted and advanced learners K-8, working on the ELA Curriculum Frameworks review team for the Commonwealth, and serving as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Basic Education (now the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education). Currently, her research focus is in international comparisons of college readiness. She is a former recipient of the Robert A. Martin First Year Advocate Award.

Dr. Holloway has a B.A. from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, an M.A. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Kansas.

Ann S. McDonald, Esq., Chief of Staff and General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Office of the Chief of Staff and General Counsel

Ann S. McDonald has worked in Massachusetts public higher education for over 32 years. Prior to her arrival at Framingham State University in February 2018, Ann served in a variety of leadership roles in student affairs and administration at Mount Wachusett Community College, completing her tenure at MWCC as Executive Vice President and Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services.

During Ann’s higher education career she has worked as both an practitioner and administrator. She has experience in the negotiation of academic articulation agreements, institutional policy development, information technology administration and student affairs administration. Her legal work focuses on policy development and implementation and institutional risk assessment and compliance. Ann has served on numerous accreditation visiting teams and variety of statewide task forces and working teams.

Ann received her undergraduate degree in education from Westfield State College, her Masters degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and her Juris Doctorate from the New England School of Law.

Millie Gonzalez, Interim Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Office of Inclusive Excellence

Millie Gonzalez has been with Framingham State since 2007, most recently as the Emerging Technologies and Digital Services Librarian. She has been active on FSU’s Diversity and Inclusion Council since its inception in 2008 and has served as its chair since 2010. Millie has been active on numerous other boards and committees outside of FSU including REFORMA Northeast (former President); REFORMA National (Technology Co-chair); American Library Association’s Council; Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioner’s State Council on Libraries; Massachusetts Library System; Digital Commonwealth; and, New England Library Association’s Diversity Summit. At FSU, Millie established the Whittemore Library’s Library Diversity Advisory Committee (LDAC), and served as the Vice-Chair of the MSCA Library committee. Most recently, Millie co-organized the Latinos in Baseballand Women Making History events. She has also successfully authored three (3) grants related to diversity and inclusion, including two (2) from the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association: Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys, and Latino Americans: 500 Years of History; and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners LSTA grant - Serving People with Disabilities. Millie holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Hamilton College, and an MBA and MLS from Simmons College. Prior to coming to Framingham State, she worked in library consortium, software and pharmaceutical companies.

Eric Gustafson, Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations

Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Eric Gustafson has nearly 20 years of experience in development, alumni relations, and communications. He has led the Development and Alumni Relations team at Framingham State since 2012. During that time the University embarked on its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, which finished significantly over goal and ahead of schedule. He has also overseen an expansion of alumni engagement opportunities both locally and across the country. In addition, he serves as Executive Director of the Framingham State University Foundation, Inc. He previously led the development team at Anna Maria College, and has also worked at Muskingum University, and the YWCA of Western Massachusetts.

He has a B.A. from Marietta College, an M.A. from Anna Maria College, and an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.