Housatonic Community College president to retire

Anita Gliniecki
Anita Gliniecki

Anita Gliniecki will retire as president of Housatonic Community College (HCC) effective Sept. 4 of this year.

Gliniecki has worked in various capacities since 2003 at the two-year, state-supported college in downtown Bridgeport that serves many surrounding communities, including Shelton.

During her tenure, Gliniecki helped secure a state grant that brought one of Connecticut’s three advanced manufacturing centers to HCC.

She also was instrumental in securing the Achieving the Dream grant and the Developmental Education Initiative from the Gates Foundation.

In addition, Gliniecki oversaw the opening of Beacon Hall, the 173,000-square-foot addition to the Housatonic campus that added classrooms, student activity space, computer and language labs, and an expanded bookstore. The college now is planning the renovation of Lafayette Hall.

‘Unwavering focus on student success’

“I commend President Gliniecki for her outstanding service to the students of Housatonic Community College and for her unwavering focus on student success,” said Gregory Gray, president of the state Board of Regents for Higher Education.

Gliniecki joined HCC in 2003 as dean of academic services, and served in that position until July 2006, when she was named acting president. In 2007, she was appointed president.

Grew up in Michigan

Prior to working at HCC, she was vice president for academic services at St. Clair Community College in Port Huron, Mich. She is a native of Michigan.

Gliniecki recently received the Susan L. Davis Women’s Leadership Award from the Bridgeport-based Women’s Leadership Council. She also serves as president of the Bridgeport Rotary Club, and is chairman of the Bridgeport Higher Education Alliance.