CSCU President Announces Plans to Retire

Daniela Doncel
August 12, 2020 - 4:46 pm
CSCU President Mark Ojakian

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) President Mark Ojakian announced his plan to retire on January 1, 2021.

"After more than 40 years in state government, it's time for me to move on," Ojakian said in a statement Wednesday.

Several state leaders recognized his work in public service in Connecticut, including Governor Ned Lamont.

In a statement, the governor said over the past five years, Ojakian brought stability to a system that was in turmoil by putting the needs of students first. 

"Of course, significant challenges continue, and I am gratified to hear that the Board of Regents remains committed to implementing the important changes started under President Ojakian, especially Students First," Lamont said. 

House Majority Leader Matt Ritter said he will miss Ojakian's insight on higher education matters in the state. 

"My friend and colleague will be missed, but you can be sure I will still be reaching out to him whenever I need advice on issues big and small," Ritter said in a statement.

State Senator Martin Looney praised Ojakian's steady hand in times of turmoil and challenge both as Chief of Staff to former Governor Dannel Malloy and as CSCU President.

Looney also expressed gratitude toward the state Board of Regents for planning to continue Ojakian's commitment to student achievement.

"Mark, my friend," Looney said in his statement, "enjoy a well deserved but too early retirement!"