Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria served as the eleventh president of Bridgewater State University from 2002 until his retirement in 2015. Like many of the students who attend Bridgewater, Dana was the first member of his family to attend college. He was also the first person of color to lead the university, and at the time of his inauguration, was the first Cape Verdean in the United States to be elected president of a four-year institution of higher education. During his presidency, the university experienced tremendous growth and is now the tenth largest four-year institution of higher education (public or private) in Massachusetts.
Prior to becoming president, Dana served as Bridgewater State College’s vice president for administration and finance for 11 years. He also held numerous senior administrative positions at Mount Wachusett Community College, Bristol Community College, and Cape Cod Community College.
Between 2007 and 2008, Dana served as Governor Deval Patrick’s special advisor for education for 18 consecutive months. He was instrumental in developing and establishing the Executive Office of Education and serving as a member of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for three years.
He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in history from Boston University, and an associate degree from Cape Cod Community College. He has participated in the Oxford Roundtable, the Millennium Leadership Institute, The New England Resource Center for Higher Education, and Harvard University’s Institute for Education Management and Senior Executives Program. He also served as a faculty member at the Harvard University New Presidents Seminar for ten years.