The Board of Regents for Higher Education today voted to appoint Dr. Paul Broadie II, President of Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, the Interim President of Gateway Community College in New Haven; and James P. Lombella, President of Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, the Interim President of Tunxis Community College in Farmington. Broadie will succeed President Dorsey Kendrick, and Lombella will succeed President Cathryn Addy following their retirements effective July 1, 2017. Both will keep their day-to-day responsibilities at Housatonic and Asnuntuck while also assuming the role of interim presidents with no increase in salary. There are no immediate plans to begin searches for permanent replacements.
“Like Presidents Kendrick and Addy, Presidents Broadie and Lombella are deeply committed to meeting the needs of our students,” said Matt Fleury, Chairman of the Board of Regents for Higher Education. “They are both well prepared to support our community college system in this way, and we thank them for taking on these responsibilities. We also thank Presidents Addy and Kendrick for the tremendous and lasting contributions they have made to their institutions and the students they serve.”
“Both Dr. Addy and Dr. Kendrick have been great champions for their institutions leading expansions in programming and facilities to better serve students,” said CSCU President Mark Ojakian. “I am confident that Presidents Broadie and Lombella will continue building on their legacies to advance the important work of student success.”
Dr. Kendrick, who became Gateway president in 1999, has overseen development of innovative academic programs and the creation of industry partnerships that respond to workforce needs. The completion of Gateway’s four-story, LEED Gold-certified campus in downtown New Haven was accomplished through a collaboration of city, state and private enterprise. In 2012, New Haven Living named Dr. Kendrick “one of the region’s 50 Most Influential People” for her pioneering work in education and for spearheading the college’s move downtown. In 2013, the Connecticut NAACP named her to their list of the “100 Most Influential African Americans.”
Dr. Addy, who became president of Tunxis in 1993, has overseen extensive work on the campus with physical plant expansion, the acquisition of two adjacent pieces of property, and the construction of a new library and a technology classroom building. Dr. Addy also served as Interim President at Middlesex Community College from 2000-2001 and helped with the search process that brought President Wilfredo Nieves to the campus where he served until 2010 when he became president at Capital Community College. In addition to her work for Tunxis, she has served the Bristol community on a variety of boards of directors, including the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, Bristol Hospital, Wheeler Clinic, and the Women and Girls Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation.
President Broadie joined Housatonic as president in 2015. He has over 26 years of higher education experience providing leadership in academic and student affairs, continuing education, and multi-campus operations. He was previously vice president for Student Services at SUNY Orange County Community College and associate vice president of Extension Centers for Orange County. He was also director of the Ossining Extension Center at Westchester Community College and held a variety of positions at the State University of New York at New Paltz. President Lombella joined Asnuntuck in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in 2009 as an adjunct credit instructor where he also went on to serve as director, associate dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Chief Financial Officer and Dean of Administration. In 2013, Lombella was appointed interim Asnuntuck president and chief executive officer and in 2014 the appointment was made permanent.