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Board of Governors Elects New Leaders

HARTFORD, Dec. 1 - Albert B. Vertefeuille, of Lebanon, and Harry H. Penner, Jr., of Guilford, have been elected to head the Board of Governors for Higher Education, the state coordinating authority for colleges and universities in Connecticut. Both were elected to the two-year terms of chair and vice-chair respectively by fellow Board members last month.

Vertefeuille, former superintendent of schools in Lebanon, has served as vice-chair of the Board for two years. He was appointed to the Board in 1995, and re-appointed this year by Speaker of the House Moira K. Lyons.

Vertefeuille served as Lebanon school superintendent from 1992 to 1995. He previously was a school principal and teacher in Lebanon and Union. From 1983 to 1990 he chaired the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State Technical Colleges (now part of the Community-Technical Colleges of Connecticut). He holds degrees from Eastern Connecticut State University (B.S.) and the University of Connecticut (M.A. and Sixth-Year). He currently chairs the Willimantic Mills Development Corporation and the Capitol Theater Development Corporation and is a trustee of Windham Community Memorial Hospital. He succeeds Alice V. Meyer who has chaired the Board since 1997.

Penner, president and chief executive officer of Neurogen Corporation based in Branford, was appointed to the Board in 1998 to fill the unexpired term of Thomas P. Mondani. He was re-appointed this year by Governor John G. Rowland. Prior to joining the Board, Penner chaired the Board’s Public Agenda Advisory Council whose recommendations form the core of the Board’s systemwide planning strategy for the next few years.

Penner also co-chairs Connecticut United for Research Excellence Inc. (CURE), and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, and the Governing Body of the Emerging Companies Section of the Biotechnology Industry Organization. From 1996-98 he chaired the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Technology Council. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia (BA), Fordham University (JD) and New York University (LLM).

As the state planning agency for higher education, the Board of Governors licenses and accredits academic programs and institutions, reviews public system budget requests and establishes systemwide policies and guidelines. Seven members are appointed by the Governor and four by legislative leaders. In addition to Vertefeuille and Penner, members are: James H. Bates, Lakeville; William A. Bevacqua, Trumbull; Dorothea E. Brennan, Fairfield; Leonard S. Cohen, West Hartford; Lile R. Gibbons, Greenwich; Joan R. Kemler, West Hartford; Dorothy B. Leib, New London; Alice V. Meyer, Easton; and Patricia McCann Vissepó, New Haven.


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