Framingham State President Cevallos Announces He Will Retire

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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham State University President F. Javier Cevallos to retire in August of 2022.

“Last night I informed the Board of Trustees of my plan to retire next year, in August 2022, at the end of my eighth year as President of this wonderful institution.  This is not a decision that I take lightly, but I believe it is in the best interest of the University,” Cevallos announced this morning, March 25.

“We will be back to a full and energetic campus life by then. Our strategic plan concludes in 2022, our decennial NECHE accreditation will be in 2024 – but the process will start next year – we will be closer to announcing a comprehensive campaign, and we will have settled our collective bargaining agreements for the next three years.  All these milestones will help the next president work with the campus to shape the future of the University,” said Cevallos.

“The hardest part of leaving Framingham State will be transitioning away from the daily campus life and the many great people Josée and I have come to know as colleagues, friends and neighbors over the years,” said Cevallos.

“This last year has been challenging for all, but it has also shown the resilience, commitment and energy of the entire campus.  I will miss our students.  I feel very fortunate to have encountered thousands of impressive young people over the years, many of whom are now fully engrossed in careers of their own.  I am proud to know that Framingham State has made a difference in their lives, and I look forward to following their life achievements in the years ahead,” said Cevallos.

“I have also been privileged to work with a very talented and committed faculty.  Our professors have been the cornerstone of this institution for over 180 years.  Their staunch devotion to our students is clearly evident, and is a large part of what makes FSU so special.  I truly appreciate our faculty, and I know our current and former students do as well,” said the Framingham State President.

“The success we enjoy at Framingham State would not be possible without the dedicated and hardworking staff and administration at this institution.  From the pristine campus grounds to the daily business operational efforts, there are so many individuals working behind the scenes to make FSU great.  I want to thank them all, and let them know that their efforts do not go unnoticed,” said Cevallos.

“Our “fRAMily” also has many faithful alumni, and it has been a pleasure to get to know many of them through the years.  This institution is very fortunate to have so many graduates who are committed to its continued success.  They have generously supported our fundraising efforts and/or volunteered their time and talents, and I cannot thank them enough for their loyalty,” said Cevallos this morning, March 25.

“Leadership is vital to any organization.  The committed individuals who have comprised our Board of Trustees make this university’s success their priority.  I want to thank them all for their priceless support and guidance. The Foundation Board has also provided leadership and have generously raised funds to help with the cost of education,” said Cevallos.

As I reflect back, I am truly honored to have been a part of so many memorable experiences over the last seven years, many of which I will never forget — the look on the graduates’ faces on those happy commencement days (and I can’t wait to celebrate with them again in person!).  For now, however, we have more to accomplish together. I look forward to working with you in the months ahead, while assisting the campus and our Board of Trustees to ensure a smooth transition in my office,” said Cevallos.

“In closing, I want to once again extend my appreciation to everyone for your support during my presidency, and for being a part of our fRAMily.  I can never thank you all enough, and I will always be grateful for the incredible support you have given me,” said Cevallos.   

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