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There can be no one more ready than Gregory Haddad to lead the next phase of growth for the area’s leading consortium that includes ten institutions of higher education, representing more than 4,000 faculty and staff and 36,000 students from across the globe. In addition to his role as a legislator, Haddad is a member of the New England Board of Higher Education and also Vice Chair of its Legislative Advisory Committee.

“This role presents an opportunity that I’m passionate about – making college more accessible and affordable to Connecticut students and creating opportunities for graduates to connect to regional employers,” said Haddad.

In this new position, Haddad will be instrumental in shaping the future of higher education in our region, dedicated to advancing education and strengthening our region’s economic, cultural and social life. To begin, he will be focused on:

  • Oversight of programs under the HCHE umbrella including college access programs like Career Beginnings;
  • Creation of internship, employment, research, and other opportunities for students from HCHE campuses
  • Development of cross-campus activities for faculty and students; and
  • Development of shared services opportunities for HCHE campuses.

Current Consortium Chair of the Board of Directors and President of the University of Saint Joseph Rhona Free remarked, “After a thorough search process, we are all profoundly grateful that we found the best qualified candidate locally – someone who knows the area’s workplace needs and the leaders in higher education equally well. Gregg is respected among business and community leaders and he brings expertise and experience in higher education combined with operational skills that will help us achieve our next phase of growth.”

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