UConn Board to Vote Tuesday on Appointing Next President

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The UConn Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting Tuesday morning to consider and vote on the appointment of the University’s 16th president.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the North Reading Room of the Wilbur Cross Building at UConn Storrs, and will be live-streamed on UConn’s Facebook page. Viewers do not need to have a Facebook account to be able to watch the live stream.

Trustees are scheduled to consider the appointment of a recommended finalist in the competitive national search that was launched last summer with the creation of a 44-member search committee. The next president will succeed President Susan Herbst, who announced last year that she will return to the faculty this summer after eight years in the position.

The University has not released specifics about candidates who applied or were interviewed. The recommended finalist has met with Gov. Ned Lamont, and that person would be introduced publicly at Tuesday’s meeting if the board votes to approve the appointment.

Thomas Kruger, chairman of the UConn Board of Trustees, said last year that the committee would seek highly accomplished leaders with a comprehensive understanding of the value of public education here and nationwide.

“Our ideal candidate will be an individual who can build on the extraordinary success UConn has achieved, working effectively with the governor and General Assembly as well as our faculty, staff, students, donors, fans, alumni, and private sector partners,” Kruger said when the search committee was announced. “Our goal is to do all we can to ensure UConn’s trajectory remains upward, and the next president will play a central role in helping to achieve that ambition.”