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.

Rita P. Colucci, Esq., Chief of Staff and General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Office of the Chief of Staff and General Counsel

Rita P. Colucci, Esq., currently serves as the Chief of Staff, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board at Framingham State University, where she is also a member of the President’s executive staff, cabinet and council.  An experienced labor attorney, Rita worked in human resources for a number of years before taking on her current role at Framingham State.  Rita received a Juris Doctor degree from New England – Boston (formerly The New England School of Law) and a Bachelor of Science degree 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, 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
Office of Inclusive Excellence

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.