Dr. Steven Minkler was appointed Campus Chief Executive Officer of Middlesex Community College in May 2017. He also serves as the college’s Dean of Academic Affairs, a post he has held since January 2012. In this dual role, he provides executive presence, academic leadership, vision, and direction for an institution with nearly 4,000 students enrolled in a variety of credit and non-credit programs; and with a main campus in Middletown, satellite location in Meriden, and online “virtual campus.”
Dr. Minkler has worked tirelessly to build a campus culture of compassion, collaboration, inclusion, and civility. He believes strongly that the college needs to be united by “Working together as One Team,” while constantly focusing on MxCC’s mission to put students at the center of the institution.
As Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Minkler leads a Division consisting of 60 full-time and 200+ part-time faculty and staff; all credit and non-credit courses and programs; the Learning Commons (Academic Success Center, Distance Learning & Educational Technology, and Jean Burr Smith Library); and special initiatives such as the Honors Program, Transitional Year Program, Middlesex Accelerated Degree Program, Prison Education Program (in collaboration with Wesleyan University and the Department of Correction) and College Career Pathways programs with local high schools.
For over 30 years, Dr. Minkler has dedicated his career to serving the employees and students at three of Connecticut’s community colleges. Prior to MxCC, he was an Academic Division Director at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, where he worked closely with faculty and students in business, science, math, allied health, and technology fields. From 1987-2008, he was a staff member, then later director, of the Academic Media Technology department at Capital Community College. Dr. Minkler created an associate degree program in Communication Media, and managed the college’s educational technology and distance learning services. He oversaw a digital media production facility founded on experiential learning, by involving students in the production of materials for Hartford-based artists, musicians, businesses, communication professionals, and state agencies. He also played a key role in planning and designing the college’s current campus on Main Street in Downtown Hartford.
Dr. Minkler grew up in Higganum and graduated from Haddam-Killingworth High School. Upon leaving home, he attended the University of Hartford where he earned a B.A. and M.A. in Communication and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. He believes strongly in supporting faculty by giving them the tools and resources they need to be successful in their teaching. He also values the individual pathways each of our students take toward creating a better future for themselves and their families.
An amateur musician, Dr. Minkler and his daughter Rosemary, an accomplished jazz pianist in her own right, have hosted and performed an annual “Cool Yule” holiday concert since 2002, to benefit local soup kitchens and food banks. He volunteers as the Music Coordinator for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Waterbury, where he plays piano and organ once a month at worship services, and organizes public concerts hosted in the unique acoustical space of a 19th century gothic building.