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New interim director named for UConn Waterbury (Released: 12/8/98)

by Karen Grava, Office of University Communications

WATERBURY, CT --- Francis G. Brennan of Middlebury, special assistant to the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Education, has been appointed interim director of the University of Connecticut at Waterbury effective Jan. 1.

Brennan worked for the Waterbury Public School System from 1957 until 1994 as a high school social studies teacher, high school principal and administrator. A former adjunct professor at Teikyo Post University, Brennan since 1995 has represented the state Commissioner of Education in pending legislative matters and has consulted in matters dealing with non-traditional programs including alternative schools, learning centers, and charter and magnet schools.

"Fran's knowledge of the Waterbury community and his background in educational administration will be invaluable to the University as we work to develop the Waterbury Campus," said Fred A. Maryanski, vice chancellor.

Brennan has also been a political advisor to former Congressman Ronald A. Sarasin and to John G. Rowland, both when he served in Congress and in his current role as governor. Brennan was political director of the Rowland for Governor Committee in 1994-95 and chaired Rowland's Gubernatorial Inauguration Committee.

A graduate of Providence College, Brennan holds a sixth year diploma and a master of science degree from Southern Connecticut State University. His appointment is for one year.

He succeeds Susan A. Eisenhandler, who has served as interim director of the campus since late summer 1997.