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Susan Herbst named UConn president
Following a six-month search, The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees voted to appoint Susan Herbst as The University of Connecticut’s 15th president.
There were more than 100 applications for the position. Herbst was one of three finalists considered by the 40-member search committee and the Board of Trustees. Herbst is currently the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer for the University System of Georgia (USG), overseeing all academic programs for the state’s 35 public colleges and universities.

Provost announces committee for X-College initiative
Earlier this month, Provost Rafael L. Bras announced the creation of a committee that will review options and formulate strategies for the creation of an X-College.
X-College is considering whether to allow students — with strong faculty guidance — to compose programs of study that focus on particular “grand challenges” facing society, using knowledge from a wide range of relevant fields and emphasizing interdisciplinary learning while maintaining the academic rigor expected at Tech.


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