Connecticut State Colleges & Universities Community College System — Regional Presidents: Region 1, Region 2, Region 3

The Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR) and the CT State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) are undertaking a major reorganization of Connecticut’s community college system.  The BOR and CSCU plan to consolidate the 12 NECHE-accredited and independently administered community colleges into a single accredited institution by 2023, starting with the regionalization of the campuses.  This consolidated institution with 12 campuses statewide will provide credit and non-credit programs to more than 100,000 students in rural, suburban and urban communities.  

This bold plan to establish an academically integrated institution will provide Connecticut college students with an affordable, accessible, high-quality education that meets their personal, career and academic goals and the workforce needs of our state.  A structural change of this magnitude is designed to ensure a sustainable future for the community college system. 

Implementing this monumental transformation involves aligning college curricula statewide to support high-quality educational programs and seamless transfer; implementing initiatives such as Guided Pathways to improve and increase student enrollment, retention, completion, and career readiness; centralizing administrative functions; and sharing resources across campuses. This work is underway now and will be greatly accelerated under a regionalized leadership structure in which the Regional Presidents will hold key positions. The BOR and CSCU seek leaders for this transformational change to position the campuses, their students and graduates, and Connecticut for a secure and vibrant future.    

Regional Descriptions:
Each region offers variations in size and setting ranging from urban, suburban and rural campus settings throughout the state. However, each college shares a common commitment to open access and offers opportunities for intellectual, professional and leadership development through credit and non-credit career, transfer and certificate programs. Students are diverse in ethnicity, race, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and educational achievement. 

All Connecticut Community Colleges provide favorable tuition costs and well-placed articulation agreements with the CT State Universities benefiting students and their families.

Several of Connecticut’s Community Colleges have realized Achieving the Dream (ATD) status with all twelve institutions committed to achieving ATD status by July 1, 2019.

The following provides highlights of the opportunities and challenges within each region. For additional information, please click on links below:

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Applicants may identify preferred region at time of application or they can apply without preference for any given region. If applying for a specific region, applicants are requested to describe how their skills and experiences benefit the particulars of the region.

Region 1 – Capital-East
Capital East consists of five colleges of various sizes. The colleges are located in urban, suburban and rural localities in the central and eastern parts of Connecticut. 

Strengths: The region’s campuses consist of dedicated faculty and staff who embrace their integral role in fulfilling a common mission of student affordability, educational access and program excellence. The region’s passion for student success extends beyond the colleges. Each college has extensive ties to its communities, having built long-term productive relationships with area business, civic, and community organizations. Each institution is also strongly supported by an active, independent, and enthusiastic college foundation that provides financial support and community goodwill.

Challenges: Identified areas faced by the region’s colleges include the need to develop effective marketing strategies to communicate the value of a community college education, as well as the need to support students entering college that need intensive developmental coursework, supplemental instruction, and holistic support services. The new approach of regionalization will require increased levels of collaboration among the colleges to enhance student success across the region.

Capital Community College, Hartford  IPEDS Link
Manchester Community College, Manchester  IPEDS Link
Middlesex Community College, Middletown  IPEDS Link
Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson  IPEDS Link
Three Rivers Community College, Norwich  IPEDS Links

Region 2 – North-West
North-West consists of four Colleges of various sizes, in urban, suburban and rural localities in the central, north, and northwestern parts of Connecticut. 

Strengths: The North-West Region’s expanded program offerings are responsive to student and employer needs while creating a supportive personal environment for students. The campuses enjoy strong partnerships with their local communities and industry and their respective foundations. Emphasis is placed on innovation and access as evidenced by the development of programs meeting students’ needs as well as pioneering approaches to improve quality of services, streamline processes or cut costs.

Challenges: Identified areas include the need to increase awareness of the value of community college education as well as strengthening opportunities with the state universities. Additional challenges are the lack of college readiness on the part of incoming students and the support and resources required to ensure success.

Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield  IPEDS Link
Naugatuck Valley, Waterbury  IPEDS Link
Northwestern Community College, Winsted  IPEDS Link
Tunxis Community College, Farmington  IPEDS Link

Region 3 – Shoreline-West
Shoreline-West consists of three Colleges of various sizes, in urban and suburban localities in the southern part of Connecticut. 

Strengths: The Colleges in this region are highly responsive to the local community resulting in strong, active partnerships with employers, local schools, non-profits, and the business community in general. The success of these partnerships is due to the colleges’ flexibility, innovativeness, and ability to put programs together in a timely manner.

Shoreline-West colleges are resourceful and dedicated to raising outside finances with successful track records in grant writing and partnering with local donors through their respective foundations, public sector and business communities. The importance of bringing in more financial resources has been recognized and imbedded in the operations and goals of these colleges.

Through genuine interest and a holistic approach to meeting students’ academic and non-academic needs, the colleges’ share a dedication to the success and education of their students supported by the academic strength and quality of the faculty. Curriculum and program evaluation are data driven and each college in this region was certified as Achieving the Dream institution. Each college has invested significant resources to put student support services in place.

Challenges:  Identified areas faced by the region’s colleges include developing effective marketing strategies to communicate the personal benefits and economic value of services in a competitive market of selective and for-profit educational institutions. An additional challenge identified was ensuring students declare specialized majors and providing the necessary resources and support needed to graduate.

Gateway Community College, New Haven  IPEDS Link
Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport IPEDS Link
Norwalk Community College, Norwalk  IPEDS Link

Job Summary:
Reporting to the CSCU President and serving on the CSCU President’s leadership team, the Regional Presidents will ensure that institutional operations and consolidation efforts are coordinated across all campuses in a consistent manner.  They will work in tandem with the current community college leaders in their regions to prepare for the establishment of a single accredited institution. In 2023, upon accreditation of the single institution, the Board of Regents will hire the Community College President.  The Regional Presidents will report to the Community College President and assume supervisory responsibility of the campus leadership (currently Campus CEOs and Campus Presidents) within their respective region.

The primary role of the Regional Presidents will be to guide the overall strategic direction of campuses in the respective regions serving as a change agent for the new college structure and mission.  The Regional Presidents will be active leaders in developing and deploying the budget for the region; supporting the work of the campus leaders including assisting with their management of the local budget; ensuring the regions align with overall institutional goals; helping to leverage resources; finding efficiencies; strengthening critical relationships with business and industry; scaling best practices; improving the student experience; and securing additional resources to support teaching and learning. The Regional Presidents will work with businesses and community groups by serving on multiple initiatives and boards to establish and maintain regional partnerships.    Additionally, the Regional Presidents will be called upon to advocate for the system with the legislature and other government bodies and agencies.  The Regional Presidents will also support fundraising and networking in collaboration with campus leadership and their campus foundation leadership to build relationships and secure resources for the campus served by the foundation.  The colleges have a 50-year history of functioning independently, so it is imperative that the Regional Presidents establish new ways of working effectively across campuses and help to deploy resources efficiently and strategically to meet regional and local needs in support of teaching and learning.    

Essential Duties:

  1. Provide executive leadership to the campuses in the regions in the achievement of the vision and goals of the system
  2. Ensure sound fiscal practices and identify, leverage and expand the fiscal resources of campuses in the region
  3. Interact effectively with the CSCU President and CSCU leadership team, campus leaders, the Board of Regents for Higher Education, and faculty and staff, and help to develop and implement system-wide initiatives
  4. Communicate the needs and initiatives of the regional campuses to policy leaders at the local, regional, state and federal levels; represent the regional campuses to numerous community, business, labor, workforce, educational and governmental groups
  5. Demonstrate highly effective fundraising skills and collaborate with the Campus CEOs and campus foundation leadership to raise revenue and develop resources that support strategies for improving student access and success
  6. Proven ability to engage with internal and external stakeholders, particularly business and industry at the local, regional and state levels, to support initiatives and secure partnerships and resources that advance student access and success
  7. Work with the CSCU President to develop and implement local, state, and national legislative and institutional advancement strategies
  8. Lead the campuses to achieve significantly improved results in student outcomes by identifying gaps in student success particularly based on factors such as race, ethnicity and gender, supporting faculty and staff implementation of well-designed institutional changes at scale, and ensuring efforts are sustained over the long term
  9. Actively work with entities to develop partnerships to reach underserved populations
  10. Ensure that all BOR policies and all federal and state laws and regulations are observed
  11. Related duties as required

Leadership Competencies:

  1. Dynamic, entrepreneurial leader with the demonstrated ability to stimulate culture change, develop strategic goals and translate them into action
  2. Experienced administrator in effective operational infrastructure essential to the smooth and effective operation of a college or system
  3. Demonstrated deep commitment to student access and success 
  4. Strong leadership skills in strategic planning, fiscal planning and management, and oversight of capital projects
  5. Skilled in outreach and cultivating relationships that support the advancement of the system; comfortable and effective as the spokesperson for a campus, region or system
  6. Proven ability to engage the active participation of external stakeholders, particularly the private sector
  7. Ability to work with elected and appointed public officials in a wide variety of public bodies at all levels of government
  8. Strong working knowledge and depth of understanding of most areas in a college or university, specifically of the factors that affect net revenues
  9. Proven leadership and interpersonal capabilities; ability to collaborate broadly across all levels of the organization, particularly with faculty and staff to achieve results
  10. Demonstrated resilience and flexibility in the face of unexpected constraints
  11. Proven management abilities to implement positive organizational change
  12. Deep understanding of the needs of the community
  13. Experienced in a highly involved union setting; ability to be a persuasive negotiator, facilitator, and collaborator
  14. Knowledgeable of current educational trends, issues and challenges for community colleges
  15. Ability to identify opportunities and to convert challenges into innovative solutions and programs that will advance the future of the campuses
  16. Experience with raising funds from private, state, and national sources and to articulate to external audiences the value of supporting a college system
  17. Commitment to high ethical standards and values consistent with the mission of the CSCU system 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree plus ten (10) years’ experience in developing and implementing innovative, entrepreneurial, approaches to addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by community colleges or higher education organizations of similar complexity. 
  • Strong fiscal management skills and a demonstrated ability to grasp budget issues at the system, regional, and campus levels in the areas of instruction, student services, and infrastructure. 
  • Equivalent education and experience that meets the minimum qualifications for the position may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preference for candidates with prior community college teaching and administrative experience.  

Application Instructions:
To be viewed by committee, materials must be submitted through the online link. Do not email applications. Application link: https://acesrch.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a21esjy0u9cb

For best consideration, applications should be received by January 25, 2019.  Applicants are encouraged to identify preferred region at time of application or they may apply without preference for any given region.  If applying for a specific region, applicants are requested to describe how their skills and experiences benefit the particulars of the region.

Applicants must include a letter of application (not to exceed three pages) in which they address the leadership competencies and qualifications outlined herein, a curriculum vita, and contact information (names, phone numbers, and email addresses) for five professional references in a single PDF file.  All applications will remain confidential pending the selection of finalists.

Nominations and inquiries are treated confidentially and may be sent to: Jennifer Muller, Academic Career & Executive Search at jennifer@ACESrch.com. 

Notice of Nondiscrimination
The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) does not discriminate on the basis of  race, color, age, religious creed, marital status, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, past or present history of mental disability, sex, including pregnancy, sexual harassment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, workplace hazards to reproductive systems, retaliation, veteran status, or criminal record.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Leah Glende, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105, 860-723-0727 or by email at glendel@ct.edu.

The CSCU System is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.

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