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The University of Connecticut is one of the top public research universities in the nation, with more than 30,000 students pursuing answers to critical questions in labs, lecture halls, and the community. Knowledge exploration throughout the University’s network of campuses is united by a culture of innovation. An unprecedented commitment from the state of Connecticut ensures UConn attracts internationally renowned faculty and the world’s brightest students. As a vibrant, progressive leader, UConn fosters a diverse and dynamic culture that meets the challenges of a changing global society.
As you are aware from my recent communication, our EVP/CFO Scott Jordan will be departing at the end of this month for a position at Harvard University. Scott’s existing role comprises both a CFO function and several operating lines of reporting. We have decided that going forward, we will separate the financial role into its own interim Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the University.
I am pleased to announce that Lloyd Blanchard, who has served as our Associate Vice President of Budget, Management, and Institutional Research since 2018, has agreed to serve in this interim Vice President and CFO role effective June 30. In addition to his existing areas of responsibility, as the interim VP and CFO Lloyd will oversee Budget & Planning, Controller, including Bursar, Accounting, Accounts Payable, Treasury Services, and Payroll, and Business Services, including Procurement and Capital Projects & Contract Administration.
I would like to thank Lloyd for agreeing to take on these significant new responsibilities. As many of you know, Lloyd is an exceptionally effective, respected, and experienced leader and administrator, as well as a member of our faculty in the Department of Public Policy. He originally joined UConn in 2016 to lead the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE) before also becoming the leader of our budget and planning office two years later.
Lloyd earned his undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas, and his MPA and PhD in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse. Please see the rest of Lloyd’s biographical information here.
With regards to Scott Jordan’s other lines of reporting, namely: Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Facilities Operations, University Planning, Design and Construction, and Public Safety – these will temporarily report to me as I and the leaders of these areas work together over the next few months to determine the optimal operating structure. Please note that IT will be a dual report to myself and the Provost.
Please join me in congratulating Lloyd and thanking him for his leadership and willingness to serve in this interim role.
Andrew Agwunobi, MD, MBA
Interim President | University of Connecticut
Chief Executive Officer | UConn Health
The University of Connecticut is one of the top public research universities in the nation, with more than 30,000 students pursuing answers to critical questions in labs, lecture halls, and the community. Knowledge exploration throughout the University’s network of campuses is united by a culture of innovation. An unprecedented commitment from the state of Connecticut ensures UConn attracts internationally renowned faculty and the world’s brightest students. A tradition of coaching winning athletes makes UConn a standout in Division l sports and fuels our academic spirit. As a vibrant, progressive leader, UConn fosters a diverse and dynamic culture that meets the challenges of a changing global society.
Today, Connecticut State Treasurer Shawn T. Wooden announced the results of this week’s University of Connecticut bond sale. The $279 million UConn 2000 Program bond sale attracted record investor demand, set a new record low overall interest costs of 2.19%, and will save taxpayers $29 million by refinancing existing bonds.
Construction is complete on UConn's dynamic new three-story, 191,000 square foot Student Recreation Center. The Design Phase began in October 2015 with program input from students, staff and the Student Advisory Committee. The new Student Recreation Center was built from a $100 million project budget, conforms to Connecticut High Performance Building Code regulations and will be registered as a LEED GOLD project.
The facility includes approximately 30,000 square feet of fitness space, a four-court gymnasium, two multipurpose activity courts, an indoor running track, an aquatics center with a 25-meter pool and a recreational pool, a climbing center, racquetball courts, an outdoor recreation center and functional training and multipurpose rooms for use by the students and the UConn community.
The Innovation Partnership Building (IPB) is a 113,700 GSF research building that houses state-of-the-art specialized equipment and instrumentation for nanofabrication, precision manufacturing, biomedical devices/sensor development, advanced modeling/simulation and material characterization. It is the first building to be constructed in the University of Connecticut’s Technology Park accessed via Discovery Drive.
The main features of the design of the building include two “specialty labs or wings”, referred to as the Advanced Characterization Lab (ACL) and an Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center (AMIC). The building includes a main entrance with common areas and conference rooms and a “floating” core and shell (unfinished) lab bar. The ACL is planned to contain sensitive characterization and microscopy tools and has been designed so as to isolate the equipment from induced external vibrations and electromagnetic fields, both of which can negatively impact the operation of the equipment.
Design of the building was completed on August 28, 2014 and construction began on June 16, 2015. Completed in September 2018, the facility serves a nexus of intellectual, physical and cyber assets that is intended to foster University – Industry partnerships for research, innovation technology commercialization and job growth for the State of Connecticut.
Returning to downtown, UConn Hartford interweaves top-tier academic programs with the vitality and unique educational and service opportunities offered by Connecticut’s capital city. The move establishes a neighborhood campus, with UConn Hartford being integrated with the Hartford Public Library and surrounded by the Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut Science Center, Connecticut Convention Center, and state and city government offices. Home to many undergraduate programs as well as graduate and professional programs, UConn Hartford offers all of the benefits of a prestigious public research university in a metropolitan setting.
With the adoption of the 2015 UConn Master Plan by the Board of Trustees in 2015, the Homer Babbidge Library is in a unique position to create a 21st century library that reflects UConn’s academic vision and mission.
“The UConn Libraries is a transformative partner in inspiring groundbreaking research and advancing learning, teaching, and entrepreneurial thinking. Our outstanding resources, expert staff, and collaborative environments empower our communities to explore new fields of inquiry and seek revolutionary solutions.” (UConn Libraries Vision, Mission, Purposeful Path Froward)
In the spring of 2015, UConn proceeded to develop the Library Facilities Master Plan for Homer Babbidge Library. The goal is to create a framework for the Library’s transformation over the next ten years that will help transform the library into a Knowledge and Innovation Hub creating new environments for teaching, learning and research. A draft of the Master Plan will be shared with the campus in December.
The library, centrally located in the heart of Storrs campus, was built in 1978 using traditional space and infrastructure standards utilizing an extended stack footprint. The proposed plan is assessing the needs for the various functions in the Library and bench-marking against efforts recently undertaken by other premier institutions as information was available and relevant. Today’s students are looking for spaces dedicated to twenty-four hour study, project and group study, technology enhanced instruction and social spaces.
By creating an off-site preservation facility, relocating collections, consolidating print collection and increasing storage efficiency by adding compact shelving, the available space in the library will increase by 50%. The proposed recommendations included in the Master Plan assess the needs for the various functions in the library. Various current and future functions in the library have been grouped around floor themes with the goal of co-locating complementary functions and partnerships.