May 21, 2018

UConn's Herbst stepping aside in '19

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Susan Herbst is stepping down next year as UConn's president.

Susan Herbst, UConn's first female president to lead the flagship school the past eight years, is stepping down next year to teach there, the Storrs school announced Monday.

Herbst, 55, has led the 137-year-old university to several milestones in her tenure, however she has encountered headwinds with state policy and budgetmakers over funding to sustain and improve its curricula, programming and infrastructure.

"Being able to lead this outstanding institution has been one of the great honors and privileges of my life," Herbst said in a UConn statement. "These have been exciting and rewarding years. UConn has continued to rise in the rankings and grow academically as we embarked on transformational new initiatives, formed vital partnerships, addressed long-standing needs, planned carefully for the future, and made difficult but necessary decision."

"Despite financial struggles because of the state budget, together we have become a stronger, better university," she said. "UConn is among the finest research universities in the United States and the pride of the state of Connecticut, as it should be."

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy praised Herbst as "a transformative and visionary president" who led UConn to seven consecutive years as one of the top 25 public universities in the country, most recently achieving its highest yet ranking at No. 18.

"Although we'll all be sad to see her go next year, she has left an indelible mark on the UConn community, and our state as a whole,'' Malloy said.

From 1989 to 2003, Herbst taught at Northwestern University, before becoming dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. Later, Herbst was provost at State University of New York-Albany and later was executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer for The University System of Georgia before coming to UConn.

Herbst was appointed as a UConn political science professor the same time she was named president, so she will return to UConn's classroom when her term expires next June 30.

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