Michael Gargano
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.

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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