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BOR Members

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

Members

  • JoAnn Ryan

    Chair

    JoAnn Ryan

    JoAnn Ryan, President/CEO of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce
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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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  • Ira Bloom

    Ira Bloom

    Ira Bloom, J.D. is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Lehman College, a CUNY School.
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  • Felice Gray-Kemp

    Felice Gray-Kemp

    A legal executive with expertise in in U.S. and international commercial law for Fortune 500 industrial, technology and iconic consumer product companies.
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  • Holly Howery

    Holly Howery

    In 2018, Holly was appointed by Governor Malloy to serve on the Board of Regents for Higher Education.
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  • Juanita T. James

    Juanita T. James

    Ms. James is President & CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.
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  • Dr. Jim McCarthy

    Dr. Jim McCarthy

    Dr. McCarthy served as Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Baruch College of the City University of New York
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  • Richard J. Porth

    Richard J. Porth

    Richard Porth has served in government and for nonprofits and private funders in a range of jobs aimed at strengthening communities and enabling better access to opportunities and supports
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  • Ari Santiago

    Ari Santiago

    Ari Santiago is the CEO of CompassMSP, a technology services firm that helps businesses harness the power of technology to achieve their business goals.
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  • Elease E. Wright

    Elease E. Wright

    Elease Wright was appointed to the Board of Regents for Higher Education in 2014 and serves as a member of the Board’s Executive Committee, Human Resource and Education Committee, and is Chair of the Audit Committee.
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Ex-Officio Members

  • David Lehman

    David Lehman

    Department of Economic and Community Development
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  • Colena Sesanker

    Colena Sesanker

    Dr. Colena Sesanker is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Gateway Community College and Vice Chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Board of Regents.
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  • David Blitz

    David Blitz

    David Blitz is Professor of Philosophy at Central Connecticut State University and Chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Board of Regents.
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  • Danté Bartolomeo

    Danté Bartolomeo

    Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Labor
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  • Manisha Juthani, MD

    Manisha Juthani, MD

    Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH)
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  • Charlene Russell-Tucker

    Charlene Russell-Tucker

    Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Education
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  • Kelli-Marie Vallieres, PhD

    Kelli-Marie Vallieres, PhD

    Chief Workforce Officer, Office of Workforce Strategy
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Comments & Questions

Questions regarding the Connecticut Board of Regents should be addressed to Pam Heleen, Office of Board Affairs, at 860-723-0013 or heleenp@ct.edu.