Dr. Steven Minkler was appointed Campus Chief Executive Officer of Middlesex Community College in May 2017. He was the college’s Dean of Academic Affairs from January 2012 until July 2019, and served in the dual role of “PresiDean” for two years. Dr. Minkler is the leader, supervisor, and member of an executive team who manages 350 full- and part-time unionized employees, $24 million budget (plus grants), annualized unduplicated headcount of 5,000 students (credit and non-credit), and 70+ academic programs offered at a main campus in Middletown plus a satellite location in Meriden, off-campus manufacturing centers at two technical high schools, two correctional institutions, online, and at numerous dual-enrollment, clinical, and internships sites.
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. 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 students take toward creating a better future for themselves and their families.
Dr. Minkler’s career spans 32 years at three of Connecticut’s community colleges. Prior to MxCC, he was an Academic Division Director at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (2008-11), where he worked closely with faculty and students in business, science, math, allied health, and technology. From 1987-2008, he was a staff member, then later director, of the Academic Media Technology department at Capital Community College. He created and taught in 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 holds three degrees from the University of Hartford: a B.A. and M.A. in Communication, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. His expertise includes organizational development, communication, educational technology, and creating mutually beneficial networks and partnerships.
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.
Read Dr. Minkler’s 2020 Commencement Address here.