SCSU President Mary Papazian

Mar 28, 2013

It's an unusual time to be the president of a state university in Connecticut.

The Malloy administration has been trying to overhaul the system of state colleges and universities, the legislature is trying to reign in spending by the Board of Regents which oversees that system. A tuition increase is going into effect, which has drawn protests from students and even some faculty, who feel that the University of Connecticut is getting preferential treatment to the State Universities and Community colleges.

All of this is happening at a time when higher education in the state is seen as a key to create new jobs and opportunities in Connecticut.

Mary Papazian is in the middle of all this as the President of Southern Connecticut State University.  The School in New Haven has about 11,000 students, and she's been here for a little more than a year.

Today, where we live, a chance to talk to her about the state of her school - the CSU system and higher education in CT.