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2019 Power 50: F. Javier Cevallos

F. Javier Cevallos  President Framingham State University Residence: Framingham Colleges: University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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Ecuador-born and Puerto Rico-raised, Cevallos has been proactive in bringing more diversity to Framingham State in a city that itself is much more diverse than it used to be. Cevallos signed on to a pledge last year from CEOs and presidents across the country to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace, becoming the third Massachusetts college president to do so.

Just a few months later, Framingham State was recognized by higher education magazine INSIGHT into Diversity for its efforts to support inclusion. Then Cevallos was named the new national chairman of the board of directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. It’s not all about pledges and accolades, of course, and Cevallos gets heavily involved in MetroWest organizations. He serves on the boards of MetroWest Medical Center, Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, United Way of Tri-County and the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce.

Where is the Central Mass. community headed? We are fortunate to live in a region thriving in education, science, technology and the arts. Our demographic diversity is one of our assets, and that plurality of voices will add to our economic development.

Chef Cevallos: I enjoy cooking. It’s a great way to relax.

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