MANSFIELD, Conn. — The University of Connecticut has a new interim president.
UConn Health CEO Dr. Andrew Agwunobi will begin as UConn's Interim President beginning on July 1, 2021
The UConn Board of Trustees unanimously choose Agwunobi at its meeting Wednesday. They praised him as highly effective, methodical, and level-headed which would help inspire trust and confidence.
Although Agwunobi’s term officially starts July 1, the UConn Board of Trustees also granted him authority starting immediately to take on the position’s day-to-day responsibilities, noting that President Thomas Katsouleas will remain available and involved in assisting with the transition.
Katsouleas had announced his resignation as the president of UConn last week.
The resignation takes effect on June 30.
“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,” Agwunobi said about the decision.
“UConn also of course plays a vital role in fueling Connecticut’s economy and its workforce. And we know we are not just graduating workers, we are graduating citizens, leaders, thinkers, and innovators of the future for Connecticut and beyond,” Agwunobi continued, "Given these high stakes, all of us who are fortunate enough to be here are driven – and I certainly am driven - to do all we can to ensure the continued success of this institution as we carry out its mission both in Storrs, in Farmington, and on each of our regional campuses, and beyond."
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