University of Nebraska Administrator Named Vice
Chancellor of Tri-Campus
By Richard Veilleux, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- One of the key building blocks for the University
of Connecticut's Tri-Campus initiative is now in place with the
appointment of Edna L.
McBreen, associate vice chancellor for agriculture and natural
resources at the University of Nebraska, as associate vice chancellor
for the Tri-Campus.
McBreen, who also has held administrative posts at the University
of Wyoming, West Virginia University and with the State University
of New York's central
administration, begins her new job July 15.
"We're thrilled that Edna has agreed to come to UConn," says Fred
Maryanski, vice chancellor for academic administration, whose
responsibilities include UConn's regional campuses. "She has a wealth
of experience working with internal and external constituencies and,
through her work as leader of the University
of Wyoming's cooperative extension system, and her oversight of
cooperative extension and other programs throughout the state in
Nebraska, she is well versed
in the intricacies of directing the efforts of multiple campuses.
This appointment reflects the seriousness with which UConn is
pursuing the Tri-Campus initiative,
and the academic opportunities it portends."
Besides overall responsibility for the Hartford, Torrington and
Waterbury campuses and their budgets, McBreen will be charged with
implementing a new set of
academic programs at the campuses, which currently offer four-year
degree programs in business, urban studies, and general studies, as
well as master's degree
programs in social work and business. An additional graduate program
in public affairs and four other four-year undergraduate degree
programs are in the
planning stages. They are expected to be offered at the campuses
within three years, says Maryanski.
"We are absolutely committed to growing these campuses, both in the
number of students and the number of quality four-year programs
offered at the three sites.
We are well aware of the challenges faced by our area-bound students,
and are dedicated to increasing the availability of degree programs,
faculty and outreach
efforts throughout our regional campuses," Maryanski added.
McBreen says she looks forward to the challenges.
"I'm very excited," she said Monday. "The Tri-Campus has a range
of opportunities ahead of it as an integral part of UConn. My meetings
with students and
faculty there were especially encouraging. I met a lot of people who
are anxious to move the campuses forward, and I'm anxious to help
guide that transition."
The directors of the three campuses -- Adriane Lyon in Torrington,
Francis Brennan in Waterbury and interim director Glen Richardson
in Hartford -- will
report to McBreen. There are currently about 60 faculty in the
Tri-Campus system and another 80 staff. McBreen and two staffers
will work from offices in the
Rowland Government Center, located about three blocks from the
McBreen, who also will hold an appointment in the School of Family
Studies, earned bachelor's and doctoral degrees from
Cornell University, and a master's
degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
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