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Alumni directors elect new president (Released: 9/11/95)

by Richard Veilleux, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Kenneth M. Parzych of Coventry, first vice president of the University of Connecticut Alumni Association since June, has been elected president of the organization. He replaces James F. Abromaitis of Farmington, who has been appointed to the University's Board of Trustees.

Gov. John G. Rowland in July named Abromaitis, '79, '82, to the trustee board. The Alumni Association's directors elected Parzych, '70 Ph.D., to the top position Saturday.

"It has been a pleasure working with Jim," said C. William Colburn, UConn's director of alumni relations since June. "He has been most helpful to me as I have started my work as director of alumni relations. He loves the University, is bright and has excellent management skills. I certainly understand why Governor Rowland has selected him as a member of our Board of Trustees.

"Jim and I have worked closely with Ken Parzych as we prepare for the challenges of the new year," Colburn said. "The transition has been smooth, in large part because of the leadership skills of these two outstanding alumni volunteers."

The association's other directors are Andrea Dennis-LaVigne, '79, of Bloomfield, second vice president; Richard P. Kuzmak, '63 '66, of Newington, third vice president; Jeanne Consiglio, '88, of Milford, secretary; and Laura Anastasio, '87, of West Haven, treasurer.

Parzych, an economics professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, is looking forward to his new challenge.

"I'm looking forward to helping the alumni association advance the interests of the University, especially UConn 2000," Parzych said. "I am looking forward to a really exciting year. But as great as my appointment is, I'm really thrilled for Jim. On behalf of the entire alumni association, I'd like to say how proud we are of Jim and the contributions we know he'll continue to make to the University."

Abromaitis, a vice president at Fleet Bank in Avon, has been a member of the alumni board of directors since 1991. He was a member of many committees, including the annual giving, awards and nominations and bylaws committees. He replaced Andrew J. Canzonetti to the Board of Trustees to fill a term that ended June 30.

"Jim Abromaitis skillfully guided the Alumni Association through an important transition at a critical juncture in the Association's development," said Edward T. Allenby, UConn's vice president of institutional advancement. "We're glad Jim will continue to lend his talents and leadership to UConn as a trustee. We're excited Ken Parzych is our new president and expect he will champion our efforts to make the Alumni Association the finest in the country."

Parzych has been a professor of economics at ECSU since 1973. He served as chair of the Department of Economics and Management Sciences for 10 years and was executive director of the David T. Chase Free Enterprise Institute at Eastern.

A member of several professional organizations and author of numerous publications, Parzych served on the Council of Economic Advisors for former governors Ella Grasso and William O'Neill. A graduate of American International College, he earned his master's degree at the University of New Hampshire and his doctorate from UConn.

Parzych and his wife, Mary, have three sons and a daughter.

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