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April 22, 2024

Maduko, inaugurated as president of newly formed CT State Community College, lays out priorities

Contributed O. John Maduko was inaugurated as the first president of Connecticut State Community College.

O. John Maduko was inaugurated as the first president of the newly formed Connecticut State Community College (CT State) last week at the former Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, now known as CT State Housatonic.

The state's 12 community colleges merged into a combined group, known as CT State, on July 1, 2023.

Maduko, who is a medical doctor, shared his vision for the college’s future in his inaugural address.

“Today, as we continue to build our new institution, I envision a journey defined by access, excellence, community contribution and a steadfast commitment to the lived experiences and identities of those we serve,” Maduko said.

He said the college’s mission is to provide “unparalleled access to comprehensive educational offerings and support services.”

Maduko said key initiatives for CT State include:

  • Increasing early college and high school dual enrollment,
  • Expanding health care programs,
  • Strengthening the manufacturing sector through workforce development,
  • Spearheading innovation and incorporating emerging technologies,
  • Upgrading campus facilities to 21st-century standards and reducing the college’s carbon footprint, 
  • Becoming a state and national leader in social and environmental justice.

The inauguration ceremony included a procession led by grand marshal Marilynn Turner, professor at CT State Asnuntuck, a colors presentation by the CT State Community College Police Department honor guard and National Anthem by CT State Naugatuck Valley Choir and professor of music Gilad Harel. 

Maduko previously served as vice president of academic and student affairs for Minnesota State Community and Technical College. He is a first-generation Nigerian-American.

CT State is the Northeast’s largest community college and the sixth-largest nationwide. It has more than 70,000 students at campuses in Enfield, Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, Middlesex, Naugatuck Valley (Waterbury and Danbury), Winsted, Norwalk, Willimantic, Tunxis (Farmington and Bristol) and Norwich. The central office is in New Britain. 

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