Jack Miller, the president of Central Connecticut State University, came to the defense on Wednesday of Transform CSCU 2020 — the embattled reform initiatives being considered by the 17-college system.

“About two-thirds of the initiatives in Transform fit with the Strategic Plan which guides our efforts [already]. Many of the other one-third, while not in our current plan, perhaps should be,” Miller emailed a group of professors, state legislators, members of the Board of Regents and central office staff for the college system.

Miller’s email comes just two days after the 10 of the 11 “CSU Professors” — the highest designation faculty at Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Connecticut state universities can receive — co-signed a three-page letter in which they complain the system’s president is taking the schools down the wrong path. They also wrote they were removing their support for the president, Gregory Gray.

Miller’s email, however, called for a truce.

“Please, let us all get on the same side by identifying and fixing what you deem as errant with the initiatives in ‘Transform’ and revising goals that are not in our mutual interest. We need to put the contentiousness behind us and MOVE ON. It is time to stop finding fault and start drafting a revision which is mutually agreeable. If Transform is not to your liking, make it so,” he wrote.

Read Miller’s entire email here.

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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