As I finish my first year as Chairman of UConn Proud, I am pleased to reflect on some of the progress we’ve made. Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve been able to recruit a distinguished, committed Board of Directors, testified on multiple occasions at the CT General Assembly and published op-eds with two major news outlets. Additionally, our emails go to over 55,000 UConn alums, parents and other supporters, which gives us the opportunity to communicate directly to a broad audience.
As we head into a new school year, I am pleased to announce two new efforts that will continue to enhance our ability to meet our mission: showing people that UConn is critical to the state’s economy and culture. Read more >
Upon his appointment as UConn Interim President, Andy Agwunobi described his understanding of UConn, “Having been here in Connecticut at UConn Health for several years, I know how much UConn means to the people of this state and our faculty, staff, students, and alumni everywhere. For many, I know UConn is more than just an educational institution or an employer, but an important part of their lives and their personal histories. It is fundamentally part of our identity as a state." This summarizes the reason UConn Proud was born.
We believe the future looks bright for Connecticut's flagship university. UConn Nation is at its best when faced with challenges. The Covid-19 pandemic was all that and more. UConn rose to the occasion, making difficult budget decisions while keeping students, faculty and staff safe. The role of UConn Health in fighting the pandemic, led by Agwunobi, is something for all of us to view with pride.
Despite this critical role, the legacy unfunded pension obligations facing UConn and the UConn Health Center dramatically impact their ability to continue this leadership role. We urge our supporters to reach out to members of the General Assembly and the Governor to eliminate this burden so UConn can compete with their peers on a level playing field and bring critical research funding to Connecticut. Click here to read John Malfettone and Denis Nayden's op-ed in the CT Mirror.
UConn Proud was established in 2018 to promote the connection between excellence at the University of Connecticut and its impact on the state of Connecticut. The growth and sustainability of Connecticut's economy as well as the vibrancy of our state's culture are both stronger with better prepared Huskies graduating.
UConn Proud is supported by alumni, faculty, staff and students as well as community and business leaders from Greenwich to Thompson and from Salisbury to Stonington.
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