On Sept. 18, Eastern President Elsa Núñez, along with more than 100 students, faculty and staff, greeted Gregory Gray, the new president of Connecticut's Board of Regents for Higher Education, to campus. President Gray is in the midst of touring the 17 schools that make up the Connecticut State Universities and Colleges System (ConnSCU). He took over as president on July 1, and oversees 12 community colleges, four state universities, and Charter Oak College, the state's online institution.
Núñez praised Gray for his vision; his goal of restoring integrity to the system; and for finding opportunities for more collaboration between community colleges and the four-year universities.
Noting that Eastern students were already fortunate to have a beautiful, physical setting, Gray said, "Pristine is all around you here. Knowing that you were so dedicated to having such a beautiful campus tells me this same dedication must be taking place in the classroom as well."
Gray said he believes that by working together with faculty members who have a deep-rooted passion for excellence, ConnSCU will become a world-class system of higher education. To achieve this long-range goal, Gray wants to (1) restore trust and integrity to the system; (2) make the system more efficient and productive; and (3) develop a plan to benefit current and future students.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we have to get it right. I want to develop a plan that will positively impact students 25 years from now." He said online education courses; a unified calendar for all system colleges and universities; and seamless transfer of credits will better serve students. "Saving money is important, but that is not the primary goal. We want to provide access and focus on what we should focus on, a student's purpose for being here, which is to learn. We then, want tell the world about it."