Fitchburg State welcomes Trustee Frank O’Donnell
Frank O'Donnell of Swampscott was sworn in this week as a member of the Fitchburg State University Board of Trustees. The 1993 graduate of Fitchburg State will serve as the alumni representative to the board.
He replaces Beverly Farias, who recently completed a 10-year term on the board of trustees.
O’Donnell is a highly accomplished National Security executive who currently serves as vice president for mission support at CSMI, a defense contractor based in Lawrence. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State in 1993 and later completed his law degree from Suffolk University Law School and master’s in public administration from the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University simultaneously.
Prior to working at CSMI, O’Donnell was a principal for another small defense contractor, SM Consulting, which he helped grow to a $100 million per year organization. In 2008, SM Consulting was sold to SAIC – a Fortune 500 company and one of the world’s largest defense contractors. O’Donnell became a vice president in SAIC’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Division. In 2011, he left to join CSMI.
O’Donnell was selected by the Alumni Association to represent their ranks on the board of trustees. The alumni representative is one of two spots on the board reserved for elected members, the other being the student trustee.
Previously, O’Donnell served as a member of Fitchburg State’s Alumni Board of Directors from 1999 to 2012.