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Stamford Campus Update

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to share an update on the leadership of the Stamford Campus. Terrence Cheng, director of the Stamford Campus, was today named the president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities. CSCU is gaining a tremendously talented and thoughtful leader in Terrence and I congratulate him on this incredible opportunity.

Terrence is exactly the kind of leader that Stamford has needed as the capacity and reach of the campus has grown significantly since he took over the directorship in January 2016. Under his leadership, the Stamford Campus opened residence halls, started new academic programs, increased its enrollment, and hired many new faculty and staff. He’s also been intentional in strengthening the campus’s role as an integral part of the surrounding communities in Stamford and Fairfield County, as well as across the state.

In addition to his role as Director of the Stamford Campus, he is a scholar who has enriched the intellectual life at our University. As a professor of English and an affiliate of the Asian/Asian American Studies Institute, he has established himself as a leading voice in creative writing and fiction, with several publications and awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.

Terrence begins his new role at CSCU on July 1. Over the coming weeks we will identify an interim director who will serve while we undertake a national search in the fall to fill the role permanently. Regarding the interim role, I am seeking your input in the qualities we should consider in the directorship, as well as nominees for an interim director (including self nominations). Please share your responses in this online survey.

Without question Terrence has been an exceptional leader at Stamford and his impact as a scholar and leader at UConn will be greatly missed. At the same time, I know he will continue to be a partner with UConn as we seek to strengthen the collaboration between our University and the system. Please join me in congratulating Terrence on this new opportunity.


Carl Lejuez
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs