News Release
June 29, 2011

For Immediate Release Contact: Anson Smith 203-332-5229

Housatonic Community College Director of Institutional Advancement Retires

Maureen Dowdle
Photo credit: Maureen Dowdle photo by Harold Shapiro (click image for hi-res)

BRIDGEPORT -- Anita Gliniecki, president of Housatonic Community College, has announced the retirement of Fairfield’s Maureen Dowdle, HCC Director of Institutional Advancement.

Dowdle, a Fairfield resident, has held that position at HCC since1998 with responsibilities for all fundraising, resource acquisition and has been the liaison with the HCC Foundation. The HCC Foundation most currently waged a major gifts campaign which raised over $1million to provide scholarships for HCC students, support for the Housatonic Museum of Art, and support for the college beyond the basics provided by the state.

On Wednesday, June 22, the HCC Foundation Board, HCC faculty and staff gathered in the offices of Bridgeport architect, Paul Antinozzi who is president of the HCC Foundation Board. Antinozzi praised Dowdle for her years of service to the Foundation. He said, “Maureen has been an inspirational leader for us all and has kept us on the track for the good of the college. We wish her well, but are very sorry to see her go.”

Other remarks were made by Attorney Barry Hawkins, past Foundation president. President Gliniecki praised Dowdle’s service to the college. “When she came to us, the Foundation had barely started. She has made this Board a strong, vital arm of the college. While she pays attention to detail, she never loses sight of the big picture. She will be replaced, but it will be very hard to fill her shoes.”

Previously, Dowdle was Director of Development at the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport. Besides membership in the Association of Fundraising Professional, she is a member of Planned Giving Group of Connecticut, Council of Developmental Directors for the Connecticut Community College System, and the Women’s Leadership Council.

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.  To learn more, visit the college’s website at:

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.