Written by Ed Osborn
Willimantic, CT - Michael P. Meotti, commissioner of higher education for the State of Connecticut, will deliver the commencement address at Eastern Connecticut State University's 120th commencement exercises on May 23 at the XL Center in Hartford.
Mr. Meotti was appointed commissioner of higher education in March 2008 by the Board of Governors for Higher Education. His department develops higher education policy, conducts research and analysis, provides licensing and accrediting oversight, regulates private occupational schools, and makes recommendations regarding public college and university budgets and tuitions and fees. Meotti's office also directs the alternate route to teacher certification and manages several student financial aid and college-preparatory programs.
As an ex-officio member of the Connecticut State Board of Education, Mr. Meotti works closely with policy-makers and education officials on P-20 issues such as high school reform and teacher certification. He is also a member of the New England Board of Higher Education.
Commissioner Meotti has served as the president of United Way of Connecticut and the Connecticut Policy and Economic Council. He also served eight years in the state senate as assistant majority leader and vice chair of the education committee.
Mr. Meotti earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and his juris doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He lives in West Hartford with his wife, Pamela, and two daughters.