Gargano, lightning rod at Regents, lands post in Bridgeport

Michael Gargano, former provost of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities

Michael Gargano, former provost of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities

Michael Gargano, whose departure as provost of the state’s largest public college system stoked faculty discontent with the system’s administration, has landed a new job as the president of St. Vincent’s College in Bridgeport.

“I look forward to building on its strong foundation of excellence,” Gargano said in a press release announcing his appointment.

St. Vincent’s College is a non-profit school that largely offers medical degrees and certificates and enrolls just under 1,000 students each semester.

Gargano was a major source of controversy at the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system during the fall of 2010.

Gargano’s departure immediately after meeting with then-Board of Regents President Gregory Gray set off a firestorm of backlash from many faculty, who believed Gargano was their champion for changes they wished to see in the 90,000-student college system. Gargano resigned after just over seven months on the job.

He starts his job in Bridgeport next week.

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