A Message from the President

Board of Regents President Robert Kennedy Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back! I am looking forward to the promise and potential of the 2012-13 academic year, as I know you are too. It's hard to believe that I came to Connecticut almost exactly one year ago. At that point, I had done my homework on our 17 institutions, but I hadn't yet had a chance to visit them. Not long after I came to the state - along with our Board Chairman Lew Robinson - we began our tour and visited each campus across the state to see for ourselves the wonderful, exciting and inspiring work that you are doing each and every day.

Now that I call Connecticut my home, I can also lay claim to working with some of the best faculty and staff in the country, and that's not just lip service. To say that there has been many changes in the last year - on your campuses and in the central office - is an understatement. Change isn't always easy, and I certainly can appreciate that. But when asked to step up to the plate and help redefine the future of public higher education in Connecticut - our faculty, staff, administrators and presidents rose to the challenge.

That's not to say we can rest on our laurels. One of the reasons I have loved my time in higher education is because it is a field that is always changing and evolving. Now that the transfer and articulation policy has been approved by the Board of Regents, and the legislature passed a reform of remedial education, it's up to us to implement those critical changes across our organization - yeoman's work, to say the least. But I know you don't work in higher education because it's easy, you work at Connecticut's community colleges and universities because you see the great benefit of providing accessible and affordable higher education to the men and women of our state.

If I sound like I'm seeing the glass half full, it's because I am. The last year has convinced me that there is no other way to look at our schools, our colleagues and our students. I am excited to start a new school year, and look forward to seeing you on your campuses. As always, please feel free to contact me at Kennedyr@ct.edu or in the office at 860-493-0073. It's helpful to hear from you, and I hope you continue to share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions with me.

My best wishes to all of you for a great 2012-13 academic year.

Robert A. Kennedy
Board of Regents for Higher Education
Connecticut State Colleges & Universities

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