A Message from the President

Board of Regents Interim President Philip E. Austin Dear Colleagues,

Since my last note, much has transpired, both at the Board of Regents and in our state. Like you, I was horrified by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. While a tragedy of that magnitude touches us all, the Board of Regents/Connecticut State Colleges & Universities family was particularly impacted. Several of the slain teachers and administrators were Connecticut State University alumna, and two employees lost their daughter that day. By all accounts these were heroic staff members and beautiful, inspiring children. It's important that all of us honor their memory and contributions.

I'm pleased to report that the search for the next president of the Board of Regents is underway. A Regents' Search Committee and Systemwide Advisory Committee were formed and have met to discuss this critical task. Importantly, this search process will involve campus leaders, faculty, staff, students, union representatives and members of local industry. The Board of Regents hopes to recommend a candidate to the Governor during the month of April, and have that candidate begin over the summer.

In our ongoing effort to increase transparency and information coming from the system office, I'd like to mention two new ways to keep up-to-date with Board of Regents meetings and other news. By registering your email at the top of this page, you will receive Board of Regents meeting and subcommittee meeting notifications as soon as they're posted online. We're a public board, and it's important that people understand the work we do and how we do it. In addition, we've recently launched a Twitter page. If you're on Twitter, please follow us at @ConnSCU to get the latest news from the system office and our campuses.

The next few months will not be easy ones. As we get a better picture of the state's fiscal situation, and how that may impact our colleges and universities, I will be sure to share that information with you. I appreciate the time you've taken to inform me of the exciting and interesting work happening on our campuses. That, and the success of our students, continue to be our top priorities.


Philip E. Austin
Interim President
Board of Regents for Higher Education
Connecticut State Colleges & Universities

This Month's Highlights

Yvette Meléndez Selected as "Champion of Change"

Regents Vice-Chair Yvette Meléndez was selected by CTLatinoNews.com as a "Champion of Change" for her wide range of public, private and volunteer experience and service.

Carmen Espinosa Appointed to Supreme Court

Central Connecticut State University graduate Carmen Espinosa is nominated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to become CT's first Hispanic justice on the state Supreme Court.

ConnSCU President Search Underway

The Board of Regents' Search Committee (RSC) has announced members of the Systemwide Advisory Committee (SAC), and a tentative timeline for the selection of a presidential candidate.

Connecticut Accepted into Postsecondary State Policy Network

Connecticut has been accepted into a multi-state collaboration committed to advancing state policies that accelerate community college student success and completion.

Scholarship Honors Young Teacher Who Tried to Save Students

In the eyes of the nation, Victoria Leigh Soto, an Eastern Connecticut State University alumna, will be remembered as a selfless young teacher who acted as a hero, dying protecting her first students as a gunman went through Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Ana Marquez-Greene Music Scholarship at WCSU

Jimmy Greene, assistant professor at Western Connecticut State University, and his wife, Nelba Marquez-Greene of the Klingberg/CCSU Family Therapy Institute, lost their daughter Ana. The Ana Marquez-Greene Music Scholarship Fund at WCSU was established in her memory.