I know that most of you have been anxiously awaiting to hear what the plans are for the college when I officially retire on July 1, 2017. The Board of Regents for Higher Education has approved an interim appointment at its special meeting of the Board on March 23, 2017.
I was informed last week that my interim replacement will be Dr. Paul Broadie II, President of Housatonic Community College. I have spoken with Dr. Broadie, and have committed to work with him in the transition from now until I leave. I am confident that he is committed to maintaining a sense of community, trust and sustainability of this college and its” community of learners.” The hallmark of our success has been keeping the work of our college and community at the forefront. I believe that Dr. Broadie will continue this vision with your support. .
I cannot tell you how hard it was to make the decision to leave Gateway Community College and seek new opportunities. This is probably the best decision for me so that I can move forward and stretch myself in maximizing my full human potential. I love this college and what it stands for in our community. All of you are like my extended family and I am grateful to you for your commitment and service to our students and community.
I have said many times, that my motto has always been that when the day comes that I could not make a difference I would step out of the way and let someone else take my place. I know that I am making a difference however, it is time for change. I support a new vision, and new direction for higher education in this state. The new economy demands it. Change is good, and is necessary for our future survival.
Thank you all for a job well done! Together we have changed our little corner of the world. I am counting on you to carry the torch of learning forward, onward and upward with a new vision and leadership. I wish you the best. I am confident that Dr. Broadie is up to the challenge and together you can shape the new vision for the future of our college, community stakeholders, and students.
I will be available to answer any questions.
Friendship and love,
Dr. Dorsey L. Kendrick