City and state officials including Governor Ned Lamont will announce today a repurposed University of Bridgeport backed by a confluence of higher education institutions Goodwin University, Paier College of Art and Sacred Heart University within a single learning environment on the UB campus.
Under the plan some UB programs will absorbed by Sacred Heart University. UB is facing financial challenges that have been exacerbated by the health pandemic.
Laura Trombley recently announced her resignation as UB president, after serving less than two years, to become president of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
According to a media alert “This new model for higher education will capitalize on the programmatic strengths of each school. Students will be able to take advantage of the strengths of each institution and, in some cases, may navigate from one school to another to continue their educations at progressively higher levels.”
UB will continue to operate as an independent institution under a Board of Trustees.
The following government and education officials will participate in the announcement: Mayor Joe Ganim, Tim Larson, Director of the Connecticut Office of Higher Education, Mark Scheinberg, President of Goodwin University, Dr. John J. Petillo, President of Sacred Heart University, Dr. Stephen Healey, President of the University of Bridgeport and Joseph M. Bierbaum, President of Paier College of Art.
The news conference will take place 12:30 on the UB campus and livestreamed at http://facebook.com/joeganim/