The Connecticut General Assembly
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2021
Contact: Giovanni Pinto
MANCHESTER REP. LUXENBERG STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR MCC CEO NICOLE ESPOSITO
Luxenberg Questions BOR Decision to Non-Renew "Dynamic Leader"
(MANCHESTER, CT) – Today, State Representative Geoff Luxenberg (12th District Manchester) released a prepared statement regarding the news of the non-renewal of MCC CEO Dr. Nicole Esposito's contract to continue to lead Manchester Community College by the Board of Regents.
"Nicole Esposito is a dynamic leader and Manchester Community College, its students, faculty, staff and the community at large have flourished under her leadership of the College. Her tenure has even included a budget that included a surplus during the COVID-19 crisis – and MCC being named the top Community College in Connecticut. To learn, now, that her contract to lead this institution will not be renewed, and to not be given any information as to why, raises a red flag of suspicion around the Board of Regents decision making process and lack of transparency," said Rep. Luxenberg.
"I have been impressed by the outpouring of support for Dr. Esposito from the community, the petitions, the calls and emails. Everyone who has worked with her has described her work performance as professional, effective, thoughtful and collaborative. To remove a beloved leader from a public, state-funded position like this, in secrecy, without an explanation to community stakeholders, is a concern. Many of my constituents work at MCC, go to MCC, or are deeply connected to the College as the crown jewel institution of our community. We are hoping to get an explanation from the BOR as to why they would head in this unexpected direction," Rep. Luxenberg said.
"My worst fear is that Dr. Esposito has fallen victim to what happens, all too often, to highly educated, effective, professional women of integrity in leadership positions of authority in institutions that have been traditionally and are currently dominated by men. We know that often there is a price to pay for being smart, being effective, being vocal and being a woman in power all at the same time – and I hope that isn't the reason that she is being shown the door now. With the absence of any other information, it is hard not to jump to that possible and unfortunate conclusion," continued Rep. Luxenberg.
She brings a wealth of teaching and curriculum design experience to the role, having served as program coordinator/program head and associate professor in the Disability Specialist degree program, Speech-Language Pathology Assistant option, at MCC. In addition, she served on the college’s Threat Assessment and Behavioral Intervention team, the Title IX Task Force, was co-chair of the Women’s Caucus, a faculty mentor for the Minority Fellowship program and held other committee and advisory roles.
Dr. Esposito is dedicated to the role of community colleges in today’s higher education landscape, committed to the idea that an accessible, affordable and equitable opportunity to achieve is vital to economic prosperity and social justice for everyone.
Rep. Luxenberg serves as Majority Caucus Chair and Deputy Majority Leader in the House of Representatives and is proudly serving in his 4th term in the Legislature.
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