Dana Mohler-Faria

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Dana Mohler-Faria is a former[when?] president of Bridgewater State University and a member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. He was formerly the Special Advisor for Education to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick prior to the creation of a cabinet-level Secretary of Education in 2008.

Personal life[edit]

Mohler-Faria received an Associate's degree from Cape Cod Community College, a Master's degree from Boston University, and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving from 1966 to 1970. He currently resides with his wife and son "Jonathan Mohler-Faria" in Mashpee, Massachusetts [1]

Professional life[edit]

From 1975 to 1984, Mohler-Faria was Director of Financial Aid and the SACHEM Outreach Program at Cape Cod Community College. Following that post, he served as Assistant Dean of Administrative Services at Bristol Community College until 1987, and then in various leadership positions at Mount Wachusett Community College until 1991. In 1991 he began his association with Bridgewater State College, serving eleven years as the Vice President for Administration and Finance. In 2002, he succeeded Adrian Tinsley as President of Bridgewater State College.[2] He stepped down the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.[3]

According to his biographical sketch on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' website, Mohler-Faria, in ascending to the presidency of Bridgewater State University, became the "first person of color to lead Bridgewater State College and is only the second Cape Verdean in the United States to be elected the president of a higher education institution."[1]

He is currently a member of the advisory council for the Wampanoag Language Immersion School, a partnership between the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project and the Montessori Academy of Cape Cod.[4]


  1. ^ a b Dana Mohler-Faria, Special Advisor for Education
  2. ^ Dana Mohler-Faria, Ed.D.; Eleventh President of Bridgewater State College [pdf]
  3. ^ Vasconcellos, Marc (7 July 2015). "After 24 years, Dana Mohler-Faria says goodbye to Bridgewater". Gatehouse Media, Inc. The Taunton Daily Gazette. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  4. ^ Baird, Jessie. "School Board of Trustees". wlrp.org. Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project. Retrieved 2 December 2015.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Adrian Tinsley
President of Bridgewater State University
2002 - 2015
Succeeded by
Frederick W. Clark
Government offices
Preceded by
New Office
Massachusetts Special Advisor for Education
January 4, 2007 - March 11, 2008
Succeeded by
Office Abolished