The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) nominating committee elected President F. Javier Cevallos to serve as chair of the organization’s board of directors for 2019.
AASCU is a Washington-based higher education association comprised of approximately 420 universities and public colleges, according to its website.
The organization’s fundamental purpose is “to promote understanding, appreciation and support for the public purpose of public higher education and the distinctive contributions of those institutions that comprise the AASCU membership,” according to its website.
Framingham State is among 11 institutions of higher education in Massachusetts that are part of AASCU. Worcester State University, Fitchburg State University, and the Boston, Lowell and Dartmouth UMass campuses are included among the 11 institutions.
Cevallos said, “ASSCU’s universities, like us, actually provide access to education to the majority of Americans. So, we truly are the people that provide access and opportunity.”
Over the years, Cevallos has held several leadership roles with AASCU, including serving two terms on the board of directors and serving on the board’s executive committee, according to the FSU website.
A news update on the FSU website said, “He is currently vice chair of the organization’s Committee on Student Success and has mentored future administrators seeking to become college presidents for 12 years through the organization’s Protégée program.”
Cevallos said the board of directors sets the directive and policies for the organization. As chair of the board, he plans on bringing his perspective and his commitment to inclusive education for all to the organization.
Cevallos said he wants to make “sure that we continue to advocate for education for all, including our DACA students… That is very crucial right now – advocating for DACA students.”
The work that happens at the AASCU level impacts universities beyond just policy setting. ASSCU runs programs that have a direct impact on campuses, said Cevallos.
FSU has taken part in the ASSCU-driven program Re-Inventing the First Year. The University is one of a select group of 44 institutions of higher education that have been working on this project at a national level.
Cevallos hopes being chair of the board of directors will bring visibility to the University.
“I am truly honored to be elected as chair,” he said.
The chair of the board of the organization is a visible position. So, people will hear more about Framingham State. I’ll be using the opportunity to talk about our campus.”