Acting president earns HCC job

President Anita Gliniecki

LINDA CONNER LAMBECK lclambeck@ctpost.com
Connecticut Post Online
Article Last Updated:02/06/2007 10:56:08 PM EST

BRIDGEPORT — Anita T. Gliniecki can scratch "acting" off her nameplate as of Feb. 16. That's when she will officially take over as the new president of Housatonic Community College.

The Board of Trustees for the Connecticut Community Colleges unanimously selected Gliniecki, 55, after a final round of interviews and an evening meeting Tuesday in Hartford.

In a statement, Murali Atluru, a member of the Community College Board of Trustees and chair of the search committee, called Gliniecki 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," Atluru said.

Louise Berry, chairwoman of the board, said Gliniecki is 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.

Mary Ann Cox, a spokeswoman for the community college system, said Gliniecki was one of two finalists Tuesday after a nationwide search that drew 41 applicants from as far away as California. The other finalist was Carolyn Curtis, from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y.

A third finalist dropped out after accepting another position. It is unclear how much Gliniecki will make in her new role. Janis Hadley who held the role of president until retiring in July 2006, left earning $161,348 annually.

The new president will take over a college that is beginning a $45 million expansion that will double its size.

In the past decade, the college has seen a dramatic increase in enrollment, which recently tapered off. Gliniecki blamed the lack of room for classes.

"First off, we need to make sure that construction project finishes on time," said Gliniecki, reached Tuesday at home after learning of the decision. "We are so needy of the space it will give us."

Gliniecki said hers will be a data-driven administration. She is excited about a new math program at the college and is planning to maintain data to see if it works.

She wants to expand the Middle College Pilot Program, which gives Bassick and Harding high school seniors college-level courses in math and English. She also wants to take seminars to the high schools so students will know how to prepare for college and apply for financial aid.

It would be available "whether or not they come to Housatonic, although we want them to come to Housatonic," she said.

Gliniecki plans to increase the college's presence in the community. Internally, she wants to use data more in decision-making.

In the three years she was at Housatonic before being becoming acting president, Gliniecki served as academic dean at the college. She was responsible for all college-credit instruction, library services and academic advising.

Gliniecki headed the planning of the college's involvement in a national program that is working to improve student outcomes.

Gliniecki lives in Monroe with her husband and two daughters. She came to Housatonic from St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Mich., where she served as vice president for academic services.