The next president for the University of Connecticut will be named late this afternoon at the main campus in Storrs.

The decision comes six months after former president Michael Hogan left after three years to become the president of the University of Illinois.

UConn spokesman Michael Kirk said Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Gov.-elect Dan Malloy both have signed off on the Board of Trustees final choice. They both met with the finalists last week.

The new president of the 30,000-student university will be announced and introduced following a 2:45 p.m. closed-door meeting with the trustees. Kevin Rennie, a blogger and Hartford Courant columnist, reports that current University of Georgia executive vice chancellor and chief Academic Officer Susan Herbst is one of the three finalists.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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