Board OK’s university’s new leader

F. Javier Cevallos was officially confirmed as the next president of Framingham State University on Tuesday, when the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education ratified the unanimous appointment made by the university’s board of trustees earlier this month. Cevallos, slated to begin his role as the school’s 16th president in July, has been the president of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania since 2002. He began his career in education in 1981 as an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Maine Orono. In 1984, he moved to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was promoted to associate professor in 1988 and to full professor in 1992. In 1994, he was named faculty adviser to the provost. In 1996 he was selected as a fellow by the American Council on Education, and spent his fellowship at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. Upon his return to UMass, Cevallos became chairman of the Spanish and Portuguese department. Soon after, he was appointed vice chancellor for student affairs, a post he held until taking the top job at Kutztown.