Martin M. Looney

Senate President Pro Tempore

Martin M. Looney

An Advocate for Us

August 12, 2020

Statement from Senator Looney on Retirement of CSCU President Mark Ojakian

Today, Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven) released the following statement regarding the announcement of the retirement of CSCU President Mark Ojakian:

“Mark Ojakian has had a truly outstanding career in Connecticut’s government and public service. Especially as Chief of Staff to former Governor Malloy and for the past five years as President of the State College and University system, he has been a visionary and creative problem solver and a steady hand in times of turmoil and challenge.

“Mark’s vision has always focused on the urgency of creating an enhanced educational environment for the tens of thousands of students he serves and it was always a pleasure to work with him toward that end. I believe he has pointed a path to sustained success, and I am gratified that Chair Matt Fleury and the state Board of Regents for Higher Education will continue his commitment to student achievement, social justice, debt free community college, preparation to compete in a demanding economy, and other critical initiatives.

“Mark, my friend, enjoy a well deserved but too early retirement!”