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Two Appointed to Higher Education Board

For Release: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, 3:00 pm.

HARTFORD, Sept. 15 - Two community leaders were sworn in this afternoon as members of the Board of Governors for Higher Education, the state coordinating agency for colleges and universities.

Leonard S. Cohen of West Hartford, and Patricia McCann Vissepó of New Haven join nine others serving on the Board. They were sworn in at an afternoon meeting of the Board of Governors by Alice V. Meyer of Easton, Board chair.

Cohen is a writer and teacher who previously owned several financial and marketing services companies. He is active in West Hartford where he has served as chairman of the Pension Board among other town posts. He also was a member of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, a director and trustee of Mount Sinai Hospital and a corporator of Hartford Hospital. He earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois and also has a master’s in business administration from the University of Hartford. He was appointed to the Board by state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin B. Sullivan (D-West Hartford).

McCann is executive director of Casa Otoñal Housing Corporation and Casa Otoñal, Inc., a comprehensive human services organization and housing facility in New Haven. Among her many civic and volunteer activities, she serves on the New Haven Board of Education which she chaired from 1991-97. She also serves on the Steering Committee for Vision for a Greater New Haven and on the New Audiences Committee for Long Wharf Theatre in addition to the United Way of Greater New Haven and the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Connecticut. A columnist for local newspapers, she is a graduate of City College of New York and was appointed to the Board by Governor John G. Rowland.

Other members of the Board of Governors are: Albert Vertefeuille of Lebanon, Vice-Chair; James H. Bates, Lakeville; William A. Bevacqua, Trumbull; Dorothea E. Brennan, Fairfield; Lile R. Gibbons, Greenwich; Joan R. Kemler, West Hartford; Dorothy B. Leib, New London; and Harry H. Penner, Jr., Guildford.


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