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Higher-Education Chief in Connecticut Aims to Rebuild Trust


Joseph De Avila

Wall Street Journal

May 27, 2016 7:41 p.m. ET

Mark Ojakian went through some rough patches last fall after he became president of Connecticut State Colleges & Universities.

Faculty were reeling from the departure of the system’s fourth president since its creation in 2011. Then, contract talks with some faculty got ugly. Professors held rallies and demonstrated.

It muddled Mr. Ojakian’s effort to restore trust between the administration and faculty at CSCU, made up of four state universities, 12 community colleges and an online school.

“Coming in, I wanted to provide some consistency, some stability to the system, to let people know who I was and that I was not just a political person coming in to cut the system to the bare bones,” he said.