Executive Staff

Dr. Dale Hamel, Executive Vice President

Division 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. Ellen Zimmerman, Interim Provost and Vice President

Division of Academic Affairs
Dr. Ellen Zimmerman has been a well-respected professor of Anthropology in the Sociology Department for more than two decades and was Chair of the department for nearly three years. She served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2010-2015, during which time she instituted the Offices of Assessment and of Institutional Effectiveness within Academic Affairs.

Ellen has a deep commitment to human rights and social justice issues and strongly supports antiracism initiatives. In connection to this, she served as Faculty Advisor to the Human Rights Action Committee for most of that student group’s active existence and has been part of the Faculty Against Hate group since its inception. Her research has involved several years of field work in South India, where she studied the sociolinguistics of English as well as sound symbolism in the Telugu language. Her recent teaching and research interests focus on language and power and the creation and dissemination of dominant ideologies, as well as the construction of the “other,” through language and imagery.

Dr. Zimmerman took both her M.A. in Linguistics and a joint Ph.D. in Linguistics and Anthropology from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Lorretta Holloway, Vice President

Division 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.

Dr. Constanza Cabello, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement

Division of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement
Constanza joined the university in July of 2019. She provides broad vision, management, counsel, and strategic planning to enhance the learning, living, and working community of all campus members. Her foundations in leadership, social justice, and student development guide her efforts to advance inclusive excellence on campus and in the community. 

Constanza is a leading voice in professional associations that aim to advance the field of higher education. She has held several leadership positions with NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education) and was selected to participate in the Social Justice Training Institute and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education Standards of Professional Practice Institute. She also serves on the teaching faculty at the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center for their Equity Institutes. In addition to her professional involvements, she enjoys serving her hometown as a board member for the Randolph Dream Project, which is a nonprofit focused on college support and mentorship for Randolph, Massachusetts public school students.

Constanza’s intersecting identities shape her leadership, instruction, and research interests. She is a proud Chilena, child of immigrants, and first-generation college graduate. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, discovering new eateries, and spending time with family, friends, and her pup, Luna.

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.