Mark Ojakian, president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, at his first first finance committee meeting.
Mark Ojakian, president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities

The state’s largest public college system is freezing all hiring for the third year in a row.

Connecticut State Colleges & Universities President Mark Ojakian is issuing an immediate hiring freeze for the system’s 17 schools and its central office, a spokeswoman said.

The freeze is in response to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed budget, which would cut the state’s block grant to the college system by 4.5 percent.

“These spending control measures are necessary given our projected cut of $25 million for the next fiscal year,” Ojakian said. “We must be strategic given our limited resources.”

The college system includes the four Connecticut state regional universities, a dozen community colleges and the online Charter Oak College.

The system implemented freezes early in 2015 and 2016 in response to projected state funding cuts. The latest freeze is expected to last until at least the end of the fiscal year, the college system’s spokeswoman, Maribel La Luz, said.

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Kyle is CT Mirror's Director of Membership and Digital Innovation. His newsroom experience includes roles as a freelance reporter and then a full-time general assignment reporter at CT Mirror and as State Capitol beat writer for UConn's Daily Campus. He graduated from UConn with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2017.

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