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July 2013
Board of Regents Interim President Philip E. Austin Colleagues,

It is with great excitement that I write to you today, my first day as the President of the Board of Regents for Higher Education. Since I was appointed by the board on May 16, I have been spending my time wrapping up my previous commitments in California, while reviewing material in preparation for today and the days that lie ahead in Connecticut. This is the opportunity of a lifetime for someone with my background and experience, and one that I do not take lightly. I know the last year was a difficult one, and I believe it is important to thank all of you for continuing to focus on the critical work you do to support the success of our students and our institutions, despite what was happening around you.

I would be remiss if I didn't take the opportunity to thank the group of people responsible for my appointment - the Board of Regents for Higher Education. I look forward to working closely with the board, and I thank them for their confidence in me. Lastly, I'd like to thank Dr. Philip Austin, who is known in higher education circles as a strong and steady leader. During my tenure here, I will continue to draw upon his knowledge and expertise of Connecticut higher education issues. I came to know Dr. Austin well throughout the search process, and I hope you will join me in thanking him for his continued service across Connecticut's higher education community.

As I have said before, it is vitally important that we work together to restore the trust and integrity of the system, and truly move forward beyond the events of last year. I look forward to developing the academic infrastructure necessary to allow us to function as a system of higher education institutions focused on supporting student success and achievement. It will come as no surprise that I also believe we must continue to find efficiencies where they exist; while at the same time, strive towards excellence at each college and university, thereby creating a world class system of higher education right here in Connecticut. Working with the Board of Regents, we must be innovative and creative as we seek to contain costs and tuition, while ensuring that our institutions are preparing an engaged citizenry and 21st century workforce. Over the course of our time together, I'd like to see the enrollment across our system top 100,000 students - an aggressive, but achievable goal.

I plan to continue these updates monthly, and it is important to me that ours is a two-way communication. Please feel free to contact me at or 860-493-0011 should you have any questions, concerns or thoughts. I look forward to working with you.

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

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Please visit the ConnSCU Newsroom for more information.

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