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, 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.  Prior to joining the staff at Framingham State University, Ann served as the executive vice president at Mount Wachusett Community College.

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.