UConn Board chair to step down

June 28, 2017

STORRS — Lawrence D. McHugh, chairman of the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees, will not serve another term, it was announced Wednesday.

He will stay on until a successor is named.

McHugh, 77, was appointed chair by then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell in 2009 and two year’s later was nominated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to a full six-year term.

“Under Larry’s steady leadership, UConn has solidified its reputation as a world-class institution of higher education,” Malloy said in announcing the departure.

McHugh said the decision to step down was not easy.

“I have been involved in higher education in Connecticut for more than 35 years and feel an incredible sense of pride in UConn,” McHugh said.

During McHugh’s tenure as chair, UConn president Susan Herbst was appointed, the state passed bonding packages that included a major investment in bioscience programs and an increase in student enrollment.

Herbse called McHugh one of the finest public servants she has ever worked with.

“His commitment to UConn and its success has been phenomenal,” Herbst said. “UConn has benefited immeasurably from his time here and we cannot thank him enough.”

McHugh began his career as a teacher and football coach at Xavier High School in Middletown from 1963 to 1983. He went on to serve on the board of the Connecticut State University System. Since 1983, he has served as president of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce.

Malloy has promised to announce a successor to serve as the Chairman of the UConn Board of Trustees in the coming weeks.