April 14, 2022 (Middletown, Conn.) — Middlesex Community College announces that Steven Minkler, who has served as the college’s chief executive officer since 2017, has accepted the position of associate vice president of academic affairs at Central Connecticut State University, effective April 8, 2022. Kimberly Hogan, former dean of administration at Middlesex, began a new role as Interim Campus CEO on April 7, 2022.
The official announcement was made by Terence Cheng, president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system, in March. In his system-wide message, Cheng highlighted many of Minkler’s accomplishments.
“During Steve’s decade at Middlesex, he oversaw the creation of an honors program, credit-bearing programs in computer information technology, health information management, new media production, veterinary technology, and post-primary certifications in diagnostic imaging, and an expanded set of offerings for short-term workforce training,” said Cheng. “He helped secure over $13 million in federal, state and private grants to enhance academic programs and student support services, to create a GEAR UP partnership serving over 650 high school students in the city of Meriden, and to build the state-of-the-art Center for New Media.”
In a separate message to the college community, Minkler emphasized the “grit and determination” shown by everyone at Middlesex.
“Your passion for the work of our college, and your commitment to our students and each other, is what makes Middlesex such a special place to be. Quite literally, I have heard students say this is a ‘magical place.’ They take great pride in their college experience—an experience we have created for them,” Minkler wrote.
Hogan, who first joined Middlesex in 1998 as a financial assistant, became the dean of administration in 2017. In this role she managed the college’s budgets and oversaw contract services such as security, bookstore and food services. Hogan helped with long-term financial and physical plant needs and provided facilities project management. She will continue to oversee the college’s marketing efforts and serve as a liaison to the Middlesex Community College Foundation board of directors.
As the current board chair of the Middlesex United Way, Hogan is well known in the community. She is also a board member of Gilead Community Services, Inc., a service organization dedicated to helping those living with mental health needs in Middlesex County
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to expand my leadership role on campus and in our system, continuing to impact and shape the future for the students and community we serve here at Middlesex,” Hogan said after taking on her new position at the college.
“With over 20 years of service at Middlesex, Kim has earned respect and trust for her abilities as a problem-solver, administrator, budget and space ‘guru,’ and leader who cares about the well-being of our community. She clearly sees the interplay among facilities, funding, teaching and learning,” Minkler added.
According to Cheng, Hogan will provide leadership through June 2023. The CSCU will conduct a national search for a permanent CEO.
Connecticut’s 12 community colleges are merging into a singly accredited institution called CT State Community College. The merger will combine and strengthen resources and support equitable student success across the state while maintaining campus communities and access. To learn more about the merger, visit www.ct.edu/merger.
Since 1966, Middlesex Community College has provided high-quality, affordable and accessible education to a diverse population, enhancing the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. A part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system, Middlesex offers more than 70 degree or certificate programs at the 35-acre campus in Middletown, the Meriden Center at Platt High School and online.