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August 2013
Board of Regents President Gregory W. Gray Colleagues,

I hope you are enjoying your summer, as it is my pleasure to write you after serving in my first month as President for the Board of Regents of Higher Education. My tenure was kicked off with a welcoming reception at the State Capitol with encouraging remarks by Governor Dannel Malloy. I look forward to continuing this dialogue with the Governor during regular monthly meetings and articulating the needs of our colleagues to him.

The reception also featured positive remarks by State Representative Roberta Willis, vice chair of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee; State Senator Toni Boucher and State Representative Tim LeGeyt, both ranking members of that committee. In addition, state dignitaries and U.S. State Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy - as well as college and university presidents from institutions statewide - stopped by with well wishes.

I was also warmly welcomed by Board of Regents employees at a recent meet and greet, and am currently meeting with each Board of Regents member as well as each community college and university president. I am learning a great deal about our institutions from my meetings, and throughout these meetings, I have been pleased to observe a commonality of purpose and commitment to moving our system forward.

It is with great disappointment that I share the news of Lewis J. Robinson Jr.'s recent resignation as Chairman of the Board of Regents. Under his leadership, the Board accomplished several significant goals for the ConnSCU system: putting in place a transfer and articulation policy; advancing implementation of a development program for students who need remedial help; approving 47 new faculty positions; developing the system’s first strategic plan; and appointing a new president. I now look forward to working with Board Vice Chair Yvette Meléndez as she assumes the role of Acting Chair as we build a new organization.

The ConnSCU system is in a time of great transition, which also provides great opportunities as we steer our colleges and universities towards a bright future. I am looking forward to working with our outstanding faculty, staff and students, as we move the ConnSCU system in exciting new directions.

Mostly, I have been impressed with the outpouring of all our employees who have a passion for now making our system work - and work as a world-class system dedicated to the success of our students and service to our communities.

Please feel free to contact me at or 860-493-0011 should you have any questions, thoughts or concerns, and continue to enjoy your summer in anticipation of an exciting new academic year.

Gregory W. Gray
Gregory W. Gray
Board of Regents for Higher Education
Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (ConnSCU)

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SCSU President Papazian, her colleagues, and state elected officials, gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Buley Library renovation project that will transform the library into a state-of-the-art facility.

Danbury's Community College on the Rise

A muggy day at the start of summer meant nothing at the Danbury Center of Naugatuck Valley Community College, where students lined up to take placement tests and enroll for the fall semester. The public, two-year college in Waterbury is poised to take a big step forward in this city.

Please visit the ConnSCU Newsroom for more information.

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