Cardona, Lamont visit Central on first day of classes

Marisa Nadolny

A surprise visit by two special guests made for a memorable first day of classes on Aug. 29. 

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona ’97 and Governor Ned Lamont are longtime supporters of the state education system, and after a lunch meeting on opening day, they decided to visit Cardona’s alma mater to talk with President Toro and Lamont’s friend and former colleague, Dr. David Blitz, a professor of Philosophy. 

Lamont served for several year as an adjunct professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Central. The governor gave his first invited lecture at Central in 2006, and two years later, he was named a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Philosophy. His office at Central was across the hall from Blitz’s and the two struck up a friendship.

Secretary Cardona holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Connecticut State University and went on to earn a master’s degree, 6th Year Certificate, and education doctorate from the University of Connecticut, where he taught as an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership Department. Before he was nominated to his current post, Cardona served as the state Commissioner of Education.

During their visit, Cardona and Lamont met with President Toro to discuss several initiatives, including the university’s efforts to become a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution. The group later visited Blitz’s Peace Studies course on the dynamics of war and peace, and Lamont offered his best wishes to returning students and faculty. 

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