For immediate release, February 7, 2007

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PRESIDENT SELECTED FOR HOUSATONIC COMMUNITY COLLEGE

President anita Gliniecki

On Tuesday, February 6, 2007, the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut Community Colleges selected Acting President Anita Gliniecki to serve as the next president of Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut, succeeding Dr. Janis M. Hadley who retired in July 2006.  Ms. Gliniecki has been serving as Acting President since that time.  Since joining Housatonic Community College in 2003 as Dean of Academic Services, President Gliniecki has been involved in the implementation of the College’s Middle College Pilot program in partnership with Bassick and Harding High Schools and has led Housatonic’s efforts in planning and implementation of the Achieving the Dream initiative, as one of three Connecticut Community Colleges involved in this national initiative. 

Prior to coming to Housatonic, President Gliniecki served as Vice President for Academic Services, Dean of Instruction, Dean of Applied Arts and Sciences, Dean of Nursing, Allied Health and Occupational Studies, and Dean of Nursing at St. Clair Community College, Port Huron, Michigan, a comprehensive college serving a five-county region with 10,000 credit and non-credit students.  She has been a Clinical Preceptor at the University of Michigan Flint, and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as well as an Assistant Professor and Faculty Chair at Northern Michigan University. 

President Gliniecki holds a B.S. in Nursing from Wayne State University, Detroit, and an MS in Nursing from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  President Gliniecki has been involved in professional activities including her current service as Co-chair of Action Plan Development for Leadership Strategy for the Bridgeport Public Schools’ Strategic Plan, and Honorary Chair for the CT State Employees Campaign.  She was a presenter in 2006 at the American Association of Community Colleges on Achieving the Dream and on Education and Poverty for the Greater Bridgeport Council of Churches.

Dr. Murali Atluru, head of Diversified Technologies, North Haven, and member of the Community College Board of Trustees served as Chair of the Trustees’ search committee for the Housatonic presidency and worked with representatives of the college’s search advisory committee throughout the fall as they conducted a national search for the college’s new president.  Dr. Atluru attributed the successful outcome of the search to the match of President Gliniecki’s experience in academic and administrative leadership with the search committees’ requirements for a president.  “President Gliniecki is an experienced educational leader who is committed to meeting the needs of learners and to building consensus about institutional priorities.  Her dedication to community development is notable and will serve both the college and the communities it serves very well as the college seeks to expand its services to benefit the citizens of south central Connecticut.”  

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Louise Berry, of Danielson, Connecticut, expressed her confidence in President Gliniecki’s ability to lead Housatonic Community College during the coming years.  “President Gliniecki is well known for her dedication to teaching and learning and for her commitment to creating opportunities for students to be successful in achieving their academic goals.”