The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR) has appointed Dr. Jane Mc- Bride Gates as interim president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU). The appointment was made on November 19, 2020. Since 2016, Dr. Gates has served as CSCU’s provost and senior vice president for academic and student affairs – a role she will continue as she serves as interim president. She will assume the new position upon Mark Ojakian’s retirement on December 31, 2020.
“I am honored. I appreciate the confidence of the Board of Regents and the opportunity to serve the CSCU system during a transitional period,” Dr. Gates said. “I look forward to continuing to work with the presidents, CEOs, faculty, staff, and students. I express my profound gratitude to President Mark Ojakian who has demonstrated remarkable capabilities, commitment, and vision to fulfill the mission of the CSCU system.”
Dr. Gates has served in the CSCU system since 2011, when she took over as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Western Connecticut State University. Previously, she has held leadership roles at Savannah State University and Arkansas State University.
Dr Gates was the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Savannah State from 2002- 11. In 2006-07, she served as interim vice president for Academic Affairs at SSU.
“CSCU is fortunate to have Dr. Gates, someone with sterling academic experience and leadership skills, ready to serve as system president on an interim basis,” BOR Chair Matt Fleury said. “The board has made clear its commitment to aggressively pursuing policies to promote equity in outcomes within our colleges and universities. We have made real progress over the past five years, particularly as we work toward the merger of the community colleges. Dr. Gates has a lifelong commitment to equity and access in higher education, and she is ready and able to continue these important initiatives.”
Dr. Gates earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Arkansas State, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Arkansas, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in public policy, organizational behavior, Chinese politics from Southern Illinois University.