CEO First Day Greetings

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Fellow Educators:

It is my honor and privilege to have been appointed by the Board of Regents as the Chief Executive Officer for Gateway Community College. I am appreciative to everyone who participated in the search process, and grateful for the opportunity to serve in my community's college. I can't express how excited was to get started yesterday.

My connections to GCC run deep. My entire time in Connecticut, I lived in New Haven or North Branford, and watched GCC expand and transform into the state-of-the-art comprehensive community college that it is today.

During my time serving at Norwalk, Naugatuck Valley and Housatonic, I had the opportunity to work with several of you, and I have always been impressed with the quality of GCC's teaching faculty, the commitment of the staff and administrators, and the dedication and support of the community.

I had the rare privilege of having both President Kendrick and President Broadie as mentors, and I can attest to their love for GCC and their appreciation for all the college is and means to our students.

My wife is a 2010 graduate of Gateway Community College, and so I come home to one of our success stories every evening.

Clearly, GCC's innovative academic and workforce programs, responsiveness to industry needs, and service to students are well regarded throughout the CSCU system and across the region. From donating personal protective equipment, to providing laptops to students needing technology, I have been impressed, but not surprised, with GCC's response to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. GCC has a long history of service and civic engagement, and our college can always be counted on to find ways to make a difference in our students' lives and our communities' wellbeing.

The coronavirus pandemic has certainly changed my vision of how I would start at GCC and altered the way we will get to know each other over the next several weeks and months. I hope to meet as many of you as I can in person, but I ask your indulgence if we need to leverage technology for initial meetings.

There can be no doubt that there are significant challenges ahead of us, and the stakes could not be higher. In the face of a pandemic and a national reawakening to the call for social justice, Connecticut is undertaking an ambitious, fundamental redesign of higher education, and we will be challenged individually and college-wide to chart our way through this changing landscape. The need for the high-level education and training that GCC provides has never been greater, and the hopes and dreams of our students and their families rest on our collective efforts.

While our system and college will evolve, our belief in the transformative power of higher education and our commitment to our students will never change.

What we do matters, and I cannot wait to start making an impact with all of you.

William T. Brown, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Gateway Community College