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BOR Members

Thirteen members are appointed by the governor and legislative leaders, two are students chosen by their peers, and six non-voting ex-officio members.


  • Matt Fleury


    Matt Fleury

    Matt Fleury has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Science Center since 2009.
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  • Yvette Meléndez

    Vice Chair

    Yvette Meléndez

    Yvette Meléndez, Vice President of Government and Community Alliances for Hartford Healthcare.
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  • Richard J. Balducci

    Richard J. Balducci

    Richard J. Balducci of Deep River is vice president of Doyle, D'Amore and Balducci in Hartford and former Speaker of the House.
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  • Aviva D. Budd

    Aviva D. Budd

    Ms. Budd is an attorney and independent real estate investor.
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  • Naomi K. Cohen

    Naomi K. Cohen

    Naomi K. Cohen has served in numerous educational leadership positions, including House Chair of the General Assembly’s Education Committee.
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  • Lawrence DeNardis

    Lawrence DeNardis

    Dr. Lawrence DeNardis is President Emeritus of the University of New Haven and a former United States Congressman from Connecticut.
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  • Merle W. Harris

    Merle W. Harris

    Merle W. Harris has 45 years of educational experience, serving in several positions at institutions of higher education, in Connecticut.
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  • David R. Jimenez

    David R. Jimenez

    David R. Jimenez is a Shareholder at Jackson Lewis. He is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate Governance Practice Group as well as a member of the Class Action Practice Group.
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  • William J. McGurk

    William J. McGurk

    Bill McGurk served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Rockville Bank from 1980, retiring in 2011.
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  • Holly Palmer

    Holly Palmer

    In April of 2016, Holly Palmer was elected by the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) members to serve as SAC Vice Chair.
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  • JoAnn H. Price

    JoAnn H. Price

    Ms. Price is a co-founder and managing partner of Fairview Capital Partners, Inc., a leading private equity investment management firm based out of West Hartford
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  • Elease E. Wright

    Elease E. Wright

    Ms. Wright built a successful career at Aetna Inc., where she most recently served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources until her retirement in 2012.
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  • Joseph Young

    Joseph Young

    Joseph Young was elected by Student Advisory Committee (SAC) members on Sept. 9, 2016, to serve as SAC Vice Chair
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Ex-Officio Members

  • Stephen Adair

    Stephen Adair

    Professor of Sociology at CCSU
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  • Barbara Richards

    Barbara Richards

    Professor of Sociology at HCC
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  • Raul Pino

    Raul Pino

    Department of Public Health, Acting Commissioner
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  • Dianna R. Wentzell

    Dianna R. Wentzell

    Department of Education
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  • Catherine Smith

    Catherine Smith

    Department of Economic and Community Development
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  • Scott D. Jackson

    Scott D. Jackson

    Commissioner of Labor
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Comments & Questions

Questions regarding the Connecticut Board of Regents should be addressed to Erin A. Fitzgerald, Office of Board Affairs, at 860-723-0013 or