Framingham State Trustees Select Niemi To Become 8th University President

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FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously on December 15 to select Dr. Nancy Niemi as the 8th President of Framingham State University.


Dr. Niemi is currently Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), an HBCU in Princess Anne, Maryland. Her appointment as President is pending approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education in January.


“We were very fortunate to have three outstanding finalists to select from,” says Board of Trustees Chair Kevin Foley, who also Chaired the Presidential Search Committee. “In the end, Dr. Niemi’s passion and vision for the future of this institution and engaging interaction on campus helped her rise to the top. I’m confident she is the right leader for FSU moving forward.”


Framingham State President F. Javier Cevallos announced last March that he would retire after the current academic year. Dr. Niemi will begin her tenure as President of Framingham State on July 1, 2022.

“I am so grateful to have this opportunity and am excited about getting to know all the wonderful people I met when I visited FSU in early December,” says Dr. Niemi. “The values at Framingham State align with my own: we share a commitment to public, fiercely student-centered education with a strong emphasis on liberal arts. There is so much at Framingham State that is already extraordinary and I look forward to working with the University to become an even greater version of itself.”

Dr. Niemi’s commitment to educational and social equity is evidenced in her work with universities across the country and in her research and publications throughout her career. Her experience in education includes positions as Professor and Chair of the Education Department at the University of New Haven as well as an elected school board member and as a middle school English teacher. Prior to her position at UMES, Niemi was the inaugural Director of Faculty Teaching Initiatives at Yale University’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.

Framingham State University named three finalist. The other two were Roxanne Gonzales-Walker, provost and vice president of academic affairs at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and Allia Carter, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia.

There were a total of 80 applicants, of which a dozen were interviewed.

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In full transparency, portions of the report above came from a press release from the University.

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