January 21, 2014
Dear Kutztown University Community,
Earlier today, I accepted the formal offer to become the 16th president at Framingham State University in Massachusetts. My assignment at FSU begins in July, allowing me to remain at KU through June.
While it is going to be difficult to leave Kutztown, I am excited about the prospect of the position at Framingham. As many of you know, Josee and I spent almost two decades in Massachusetts prior to KU, and we have many friends in the area. Like KU, Framingham has been devoted to education for a very long time. In fact, it was the first public normal school in the nation.
It is also an exciting time to be at Kutztown. Our efforts with enrollment management are off to a promising start, and a year and a half from now, the university's Sesquicentennial Celebration will provide an opportunity to honor KU's rich past, while looking ahead to a very bright future.
The hardest part of leaving KU will be saying goodbye to the many great people we have encountered over the years. This has been our home, and the place where our children, Alex and Caroline, grew up. Kutztown will always bring back warm and unforgettable memories for all of us.
I personally will miss our students. I feel very fortunate to have encountered thousands of impressive young women and men over the years, many of whom are now fully engrossed in careers of their own. I am proud to know KU has made a difference in their lives, and I look forward to following their life achievements in the years ahead.
I have also been privileged to work with a very talented and committed faculty. Our professors have been the cornerstone of this institution for nearly a century and a half. Their staunch devotion to our students is clearly evident, and is a large part of what makes KU so special. I truly appreciate our faculty, and I know our current and former students do as well.
The success we enjoy at Kutztown 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 KU great. I want to thank them all, and let them know that their efforts do not go unnoticed.
KU 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. Along with our emeriti KU alumni have generously supported our fundraising efforts and/or volunteered their time and talents, and I cannot thank them enough for their loyalty.
Leadership is vital to any organization. The men and women who have comprised our Council of Trustees make this university's success their priority. I want to thank them all for their priceless support and guidance.
As I reflect back, I am truly honored to have been a part of so many memorable experiences over the last 11 and half years, many of which I will never forget --- the look on the graduates' faces on those happy commencement days, the feeling of accomplishment when we dedicated new and renovated facilities, the excitement of our football team winning its first-ever PSAC title in 2011, and even the camaraderie we shared during those inevitable tough times.
For now, however, we have more to accomplish together. I look forward to working with you in the months ahead, while assisting PASSHE and our Council of Trustees to ensure a smooth transition in my office.
In closing, I want to once again extend my appreciation to everyone for your support during my presidency, and for being a part of my extended family during my time at KU. I can never thank you all enough, and I will always be grateful for the incredible support you have given me.
F. Javier Cevallos