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June 12, 2024

Lamont appoints Stanley Black & Decker exec as Board of Regents chair

Martin Guay

Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday morning announced that he is appointing Martin Guay to serve as chair of the Connecticut Board of Regents, the governing body for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system. 

Guay, who has been serving as a board member since September 2023, is the vice president of business development at Stanley Black & Decker in New Britain. 

Guay will succeed current Board of Regents Chair JoAnn Ryan, president and CEO of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, who announced she will not seek reappointment to the board when her term as a member expires on June 30, 2024.
There are 15 voting members of the Board of Regents — nine are appointed by the governor, four are appointed by legislative leaders, and two are students chosen by their peers. The governor is required to select one of its members to serve as chair, and the board elects a vice chair and other officers from among its membership. 

All the members serve as volunteers and are not compensated.

In his business development role at Stanley Black & Decker, Guay works with startups, academia, venture capital, philanthropy and global corporations on economic and workforce development efforts. 
He earned a bachelor’s degree and MBA from George Washington University, and completed a negotiation program at Harvard Law School.
CSCU consists of four state universities, Connecticut State Community College, and Charter Oak State College.
During her tenure as board chair, Ryan helped lead the merger of the state’s 12 community colleges into one entity, CT State. 

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