Mohler-Faria has also chaired the State College Council of Presidents and published Massachusetts State Colleges: The Competitive Edge, an assessment of the system's ability to generate human capital. As President, he also enabled the college to remain one of the most affordable public institutions in New England by establishing a much-needed 'rainy day' fund to stabilize changes in student charges, and undertook a sweeping review and reorganization of campus diversity planning and outreach initiatives.
Mohler-Faria has extensive experience at the community college level, serving as Executive Dean of Administrative Services and Student Services at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Assistant Dean of Administrative Services at Bristol Community College in Fall River, and Director of Financial Aid at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable.
From 1966 to 1970, he served in the United States Air Force, assigned to the Strategic Air Command. He achieved the rank of Sergeant before receiving an honorable discharge.
The first member of his family to go to college, Mohler-Faria holds several degrees, including an Ed.D from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; an M.A. in U.S. History and Afro-American Studies from Boston University; and an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Cape Cod Community College.
Mohler-Faria lives in Bridgewater with his wife Kathy and son Jonathan.
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