New president named at Housatonic Community College

Paul Broadie II has been selected the next president of Housatonic Community College (HCC), effective April 3, 2015.

Broadie, who has a Ph.D., is currently vice president for student services at State University of New York’s (SUNY) Orange County Community College in Middletown, N.Y. He has been with SUNY Orange County Community College since 2005.

The selection was made after consideration of more than 44 applicants for the position. Broadie will succeed Elizabeth Roop, who has been serving as HCC interim president since June 2014.

Has ‘collaborative leadership style’

Broadie’s selection was in large part based on the vision he conveyed for the college and community during his interview process, according to a press release from the state Board of Regents for Higher Education.

“With a collaborative and participatory leadership style, he has a successful record of creating high quality educational programs and services for students of diverse backgrounds,” stated the release. “Dr. Broadie also has a strong background in enrollment management, retention and completion.”

‘Keen passion for student engagement’

Broadie said he is looking forward to working at the state-supported, two-year college in downtown Bridgeport that serves the surrounding region, including Shelton.

“My keen passion for the enhancement of student engagement and learning — as well as my experience in expanding access to high quality educational programs — has drawn me to HCC,” Broadie said.

Two dozen years in higher ed

Broadie has 24 years of progressively responsible higher education experience. Before assuming his current position at SUNY Orange County Community College in August 2005, he was associate vice president of extension centers for Orange County, beginning in 2002.

He previously served as director of the Ossining Extension Center at Westchester Community College, and held a variety of positions at the SUNY at New Paltz.

He received his Ph.D. from Colorado State University, a master in business administration degree from Long Island University, and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Mercy College, where he graduated summa cum laude.