Message From The President • January 23, 2019

Dear Central Family,

I invite you to be a part of charting the future of Central Connecticut State University. In January, we began the development of a new strategic plan for Central. Over the course of 2019, we will have inclusive conversations about our strengths and elements of distinction, and the headwinds faced by public higher education and the opportunities to overcome them and strengthen our mission as a regional, public comprehensive university. Our plan will guide our work over the next several years and convey a compelling and pragmatic vision that will drive investment in what distinguishes Central as the oldest public university serving the state of Connecticut.

Central’s accomplishments have been driven by the collective and individual commitments to our important mission, and the promise of public higher education as a means of social mobility and cultural and social development. To build upon that success, your individual contributions in the strategic planning process will inform our collective vision. I am committed to providing every opportunity for all of our stakeholders to describe their vision for the future of Central. The Strategic Planning steering committee, in consultation with the University Budget and Planning Committee, has developed an inclusive process to hear from our students, faculty and staff, system leaders, legislators, employers and industry, prospective students and their families, community, and neighbors, alumni and friends.

We want to hear from you, as we seek to understand Central today and begin to develop our strategic themes and priorities for tomorrow and beyond. Thank you for committing your time and talent over the next year to think about the future of Central and engage in these important conversations.

Together we are Central, and together we will build a bold and exciting future.


Zulma Toro, Ph.D.