03/07/2007

Voices

Housatonic Names President

Monroe resident Anita T. Gliniecki is the newly appointed president of Housatonic Community College.

BRIDGEPORT - Anita T. Gliniecki of Monroe is the newly appointed president of Housatonic Community College.

After a national search that drew 41 applications from as far away as California, on February 6 the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut Community College chose Ms. Gliniecki.

Ms. Gliniecki has been serving as acting president since Dr. Janis M. Hadley retired in September 2006. Dr. Hadley had been at the helm of the college for ten years.

"President Gliniecki is an experienced educational leader who is committed to meeting the needs of learners and to building consensus about institutional priorities," said Dr. Murali Atluru, head of the North Haven-based Diversified Technologies and chair of the trustees' search committee.

"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."

Ms. Gliniecki joined Housatonic in 2003 as academic dean, responsible for all college-credit instruction, library services and academic advising.

As such, she directed the implementation of the College's Middle College Pilot program in partnership with Bridgeport's Bassick and Harding High Schools and led Housatonic's efforts in planning and implementing the national Achieving the Dream initiative.

HCC is one of three Connecticut Community Colleges involved in this national initiative.

As part of Housatonic's partnership with business, she directed the creation and implementation of the college's new Associate Degree Program in industrial technology in conjunction with representatives of local manufacturing industries.

At the same time, she directed the expansion of online course offerings through increased emphasis and access to professional development and support for faculty members.

She also headed the development of a weekend college program that provides expanded course offerings so that two certificates and one associate degree can be obtained through taking weekend courses.

Additionally, she directed the creation of a new satellite campus in Ansonia to serve those people living and working in the Naugatuck Valley area.

She directed the review, development and implementation of a new academic advising system, including the creation of the academic advising center.

Prior to joining Housatonic, Ms. 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 clinical preceptor at the University of Michigan, an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan, and an assistant professor and faculty chair at Northern Michigan University.

Ms. Gliniecki holds a B.S. in nursing from Wayne State University, Detroit, and an M.S. in nursing from the University of Michigan.

Ms. 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 of the Connecticut 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.