To the University Community:
Seven years ago, I came to UConn as its 15th president. My charge from our then-new governor, Dannel Malloy, and our board chair at the time, Larry McHugh, was straightforward. They told me to continue to build UConn’s academic strength, ensure we were doing all we could to fuel economic growth in the state, and elevate UConn’s place in American higher education.
With the help of talented colleagues, an extraordinarily dedicated board of trustees, a fabulously talented faculty, a “bleed blue” staff on every campus – as well as the collective efforts of the entire UConn Nation – we have been able to accomplish all three in countless ways.
These have been exciting and rewarding years. UConn has continued to rise in the rankings and grow academically as we embarked on transformational new initiatives, formed vital partnerships, addressed long-standing needs, planned carefully for the future, and made difficult but necessary decisions.
Despite recent financial struggles because of the state budget, together we have become a stronger, better university with a greater global reach. UConn is one of the finest research universities in the United States and the pride of the state of Connecticut, as it should be.
Being able to lead this outstanding institution as its president has been one of the great honors and privileges of my life.
This is a long way of saying that after a lengthy period of reflection, I recently informed Governor Malloy and Chairman Kruger that I have decided to step down as UConn’s president next summer, in 2019, when I will have completed eight years of service at the university.
Speaking as someone who has lived all over the country: Connecticut is a wonderful state and a great place to live. Since I arrived here, by and large, I have found people in Connecticut to be positive, compassionate, enlightened, …