Susan Herbst is the new President of the University of Connecticut. She says the state needs a school it can “brag on.”
Coming from the University System of Georgia, she says that’s a “Southern” code phrase for making UConn a flagship University in the mold of Michigan or Berkeley - an internationally recognized research center that has a powerful “academic brand.”
But it’s also a time of transition for UConn. Tuition’s going up again – if modestly – while budget cuts in Hartford will mean less money coming from the state.
She’s also dealing with reports of “extravagant” salaries for leaders on its police force; controversies over pay, student performance, and the value of big-time college football in its athletic department.
We’ll also talk about the future of the school in a redesigned state education system.
Coming up, where we live, a chance to talk to Susan Herbst.