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UNIVERSITY PROFILE

The University of Hartford is a private university located on a scenic 350-acre campus four miles from the state capitol. In addition, the University has a new performing arts campus located in Hartford's north end, about a mile from the main campus. Our location provides faculty and students access to a region marked by geographic, socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic diversity.

The University of Hartford offers an array of academic programs available at few universities of its size while at the same time fostering individual attention. With 7,000 students, 4,600 of whom are full-time undergraduate students, the campus is large enough to achieve the goals of a university while maintaining the feel of a small residential college. The University’s array of academic opportunities includes 84 baccalaureate, 11 associate, and 62 graduate-level degree programs.

The University’s roughly 370 full-and 480 part-time faculty savor the opportunity to mentor, challenge, and support students. They excel in this primary function while also advancing their scholarship and creativity in distinctive ways. Together with approximately 650 staff members, they provide outstanding learning opportunities, service, and professional support to the University community and its mission.

Seven schools and colleges provide an array of opportunities for developing core competencies and career preparation: the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions; the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture; the Barney School of Business; The Hartt School; the Hartford Art School; and Hillyer College. Hillyer offers the first two years of the baccalaureate to students whose chances for academic success can be improved by a structured environment with small classes and enhanced academic advising. Hillyer students can take courses that keep them on track to transfer into one of the University’s other schools and colleges, assuming admission requirements are met. In addition, University Studies offers programs designed for nontraditional-age undergraduates to earn degrees.

The University introduced online courses in 2006, and since that time, its online course offerings have grown from six to more than 350 annually. Today, six programs can be completed fully online and two new programs are scheduled to be launched during the 2016-17 academic year.

As part of the strategic plan implementation, online professional graduate education has been targeted as an area of growth for the University.  

The University offers graduate programs from the certificate to the doctoral level in six of its seven schools and colleges, including five certificate, 32 masters, and six doctoral programs. Currently, graduate students represent 29 percent of the (headcount) enrollment, contribute 16.4 percent of the net tuition income, and earn 32 percent of the degrees at the University. Graduate programs serve a wide array of populations and purposes. The majority of the University’s doctoral programs are designed to provide the highest level of preparation in a professional discipline or to provide entry level preparation for professions that require highly advanced preparation, although some graduates do go on to post-secondary teaching positions. Disciplinary masters programs prepare students for doctoral study, while professional masters programs (which comprise the majority of the University’s offerings) prepare students to enter a profession or to upgrade their professional skills. Lastly, terminal masters degrees are offered in Architecture (MArch) and the Visual Arts (MFA). The certificate and masters programs are offered in a range of delivery formats, including face to face, hybrid, limited residency, and fully online.

A commitment to diversity is at the heart of the University’s mission. From its founding, the University of Hartford has been committed to serving students from every socioeconomic group, placing it far ahead of most private universities and colleges in New England. The University’s 2015 census shows 38 percent minority undergraduate student representation and 22 percent minority graduate students, up from 21.1 percent and 16.4 percent, respectively in 2006. Our current undergraduate minority representation includes 17.6 percent African Americans, 3.5 percent Asians, 13 percent Hispanics, and 3.1 percent who report they are two or more races. Additionally, 7.4 percent of the undergraduate population is composed of non-resident aliens who come to the University from 43 different countries. Graduate minority representation includes 8.8 percent African Americans, 4.2 percent Asians, 7 percent Hispanics, and 1.9 percent who report they are two or more races. Additionally, 18.6 percent of the graduate population is composed of non-resident aliens who come to the University from 40 different countries. In addition, the University maintains a focus on recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff populations.

The University is recognized for its commitment to women's issues. For example, in 2005, the University began a new initiative with the goal of becoming a leader in women's education in a coeducational setting by launching what is now known as The Women's Advancement Initiative. In 2010, the President launched the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. Both programs remain active.

The University has a long tradition of hosting and educating international students and scholars as well as encouraging Study Abroad opportunities. In fall 2015, 341 international students participated in University of Hartford degree and certificate-granting programs of study. The Study Abroad program offers a wide range of opportunities at over 25 universities and colleges worldwide.

The University has a range of intellectual, cultural, and service centers that serve its campus and communities throughout Greater Hartford. These include the Joseloff Gallery, the Silpe Gallery, Lincoln Theater, The Hartt School Community Division, the Presidents’ College, the Center for Social Research, the Center for Community Service, the MicroBusiness Incubator at Upper Albany Main Street, the Entrepreneurial Center, and the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies.

The University has become a national leader among institutions of higher education for its connections with public education. It became the first private university in the country to have two public magnet schools located on its campus. The University Hartford Magnet School, a pre-kindergarten through fifth grade multiple intelligences school operated by the Capital Region Education Council, and University High School of Science and Engineering, operated by the Hartford Public Schools, have both been recognized as leading schools in the Hartford area. U.S. News &World Report recently recognized University High School as one of America’s top schools.

CONNECTIONS TO HARTFORD

In 1957, three long-established institutions of higher learning came together under a new charter to form the University of Hartford. Over time, the four other schools and colleges were established under the University umbrella. The original three were the Hartford Art School, founded in 1877 as "The Society of Decorative Art" by a group of Hartford women that included Mrs. Samuel Clemens, Mrs. Samuel Colt and Harriet Beecher Stowe; the Hartt College of Music, founded in 1920 by Julius Hartt and Moshe Paranov; and Hillyer College, whose roots go back to an 1879 philanthropic grant for the Hartford YMCA to start an evening school for young men. The Greater Hartford community played an instrumental role in our founding, and remains a critical partner in the life of the University of Hartford.

Hartford is especially rich in culture. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Connecticut Historical Society, Mark Twain House, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and Hartford Stage Company are all located near campus. The capital area also is home to a number of institutions of higher education, including Trinity College, the University of Connecticut, Hartford Seminary, the University of Saint Joseph, Wesleyan University, and Central Connecticut State University.

The University of Hartford hosts numerous public lectures and panel discussions each year, covering a broad range of academic disciplines and interests. Lectures are free and open to the public. In addition, the University enjoys a rich environment that showcases the visual and performing arts, as well as exhibits and lectures on a host of topics given by faculty, students, visiting artists, scientists, scholars and business executives.

UNIVERSITY LEADERSHIP

Appointed in 1998, Walter Harrison currently serves as the University of Hartford's fifth president. After 18 years, Dr. Harrison has expressed his intent to retire as of June 30, 2017. During his presidency, the University has experienced a period of energy and momentum unmatched in its history. President Harrison has overseen dramatic improvements in academic standards, finances, and fundraising. The University's strong relationship with the Greater Hartford community is another hallmark of President Harrison's tenure, as is its leadership in helping to improve public schools.

UNIVERSITY GOVERNANCE

The University of Hartford is governed by a Board of Regents, whose primary responsibility is to define the purpose, mission, and long-term strategy of the University. The Board has fiduciary responsibility for the institution and oversees its management, activities, properties, and affairs. The majority of its work is accomplished through the following 10 standing committees: Athletics, Audit, Compensation, Degrees and Ceremonials, Executive, Finance, Governance, Investment, Physical Plant, Strategic Planning, and University Education. The Board also uses task forces to look at special areas of interest. The University of Hartford’s Board currently consists of 56 elected regents, including three faculty members, three students, and the president who serves ex officio.

The shared governance structure of the University ensures that the faculty plays an appropriate role in those matters of traditional concern, including issues that affect academic life on campus, curricula, admissions, promotion and tenure of faculty, overall salary and benefits, academic support programs, and budgeting for the academic mission of the University.

UNIVERSITY FINANCES

The University of Hartford, through its conservative budget practices and prudent fiscal planning and management, has enjoyed almost two decades of financial stability. Each fiscal year, contingencies are built into the budget to withstand any unforeseen activities. The University will be closing the current fiscal year with an operating surplus for the 19th consecutive year. Over the same period, operating surpluses were invested in strategic initiatives and in establishing a Board Designated reserve fund, which now has a market value of $19 million.

The total gross operating budget for FY 2017 is estimated at $269 million and the budget net of financial aid is $176 million. Approximately 84 percent of the budget is funded from student tuition, room, board, and fees revenues. The University spends approximately 62 percent of the budget on salaries and benefits and 4.74 percent on annual debt service.

The endowment available to support scholarships and programs is at $150 million and the long-term debt is approximately $112 million, which has a blended fixed borrowing rate of 2.99 percent.

INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT

The University raises unrestricted operating funds through the Anchor Fund and also pursues capital and restricted fundraising annually. Over the past five years, philanthropic giving has experienced significant growth. In fiscal year 2012, the University received $5.4 million in gifts and pledges. During fiscal year 2015, the University received $9.1 million in gifts and pledges and is expected to receive more than $11 million in fiscal year 2016.

Currently, the University is in a capacity-building stage, laying the foundation for its next comprehensive campaign. Current initiatives are focused on enhancing the University’s academic reputation, increasing access to the University for all students through increased financial aid, and several specific restricted capital projects. Currently, the University is 86 percent of the way to its goal of raising $10 million in temporarily restricted and endowed funding for student scholarship support, $3 million for the refurbishment of a performing arts space, $5 million for renovation of spaces at the Barney School of Business, and approximately $4 million for the University Libraries building project.

STUDENT LIFE

Promoting the concept of “Committed to Community,” the University offers a wide array of co-curricular services to undergraduate students, intended to broaden their interests and social relationships; engage them in leadership and service; promote their participation in sports and recreation; encourage them to adopt a healthy life style; and have them build lasting friendships. Student leadership opportunities are an integral part of the co-curricular educational engagement of students. All undergraduate students have the opportunity for leadership through membership in the Student Government Association and in more than 80 registered student organizations. Currently, there are approximately 2,500 student memberships in clubs and organizations. In addition, many opportunities exist for students to engage in volunteer activities through the Center for Community Service. Greek life has a strong presence on campus with 500 students participating in 14 sororities and fraternities.

ATHLETICS

The University of Hartford Department of Athletics is a Division I institution and a member of the America East Conference. The University offers 17 NCAA Division I varsity sports, with eight men’s sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field) and nine women’s sports (basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field and volleyball). Hartford Hawk student-athletes have enjoyed tremendous academic success, winning the America East Academic Cup for highest grade-point average each of the past four years. In addition to intercollegiate athletics, the University offers eight club and 26 intramural sports.

THE POSITION

GENERAL COUNSEL

The position of General Counsel and Secretary of the University is an officer-level position with a dual reporting relationship to the President of the University and the Chairman of the Board of Regents. The Board of Regents historically enjoys a strong working relationship with the General Counsel and maintains a high level of communication with the General Counsel.

The General Counsel is responsible for all legal matters of the University. Areas of practice include employment and labor law, contracts, not-for-profit corporate law, governance and corporate matters, compliance, athletics, student affairs, Title IX, litigation, risk management, immigration, intellectual property, tax, charitable giving and community relations. As an officer of the University, the General Counsel participates in the consideration and resolution of policy matters.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities of the General Counsel will include:

  • Providing counsel to the Board of Regents, President, Provost, Vice Presidents and Athletic Director;
  • Developing policy documents involving legal and governance issues;
  • Providing advice in compliance with federal, state and municipal laws;
  • Reviewing and preparing contractual and related documents;
  • Advising on legal issues across the University;
  • Providing counsel on a wide range of matters including First Amendment issues, fair use of materials, advertising, gift and gift use agreements with donors, public safety, real estate and construction.
  • Selecting and overseeing external counsel on various matters, including litigation.

SECRETARY OF THE UNIVERSITY

The Secretary of the University assists and advises the Board of Regents. The Secretary interacts regularly with Board members, Board committee, subcommittee, and task force chairs, officers, deans and directors, faculty leaders, student government representatives, and various civic groups.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities of the Secretary will include:

  • Providing liaison between the Board and its members, between the Board and the President, and between the Board and other stakeholders;
  • Organizing and attending all meetings of the Board and several of its committees, including meals and social functions as appropriate;
  • Developing and updating Board and selected committee documents, including Regent and Board candidate lists, the Regent handbook, policies and procedure guidelines, and committee assignments;
  • Coordinating orientation for new Board members;
  • Conducting research for various Board-related initiatives and special task forces, at the direction of the Chairman or President;
  • Ensuring compliance with legal requirements related to the Board of Regents;
  • Ensuring a high level of confidentiality for sensitive information.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • A commitment to higher education and an understanding of the legal issues faced by universities
  • Graduate of an ABA-accredited law school
  • Member of the Connecticut Baror a member of the bar in good standing of another jurisdiction who will seek registration as Authorized House Counsel under Connecticut Practice Book section 15A
  • Minimum of 10 years of diversified legal experience with a preference for prior experience working as an attorney for a college, university or other non-profit organization or in an established higher education practice at a top law firm
  • Deep knowledge and experience in employment and higher education law, litigation, and governance matters is desirable
  • Good understanding of shared governance, risk management and compliance
  • Experience counseling on student affairs and academic affairs

PERSONAL SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES

  • Demonstrated leadership skills;
  • Capacity to be a trusted advisor to the President, senior management and the Board of Regents;
  • Analytical skills, including complex problem solving;
  • Solutions oriented;
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Ability to respond effectively to competing priorities;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively with others and to foster a climate of goodwill and cooperation;
  • Respect for all areas of the community – faculty, staff, students, Board, parents;
  • Self-motivation and self-starter with the ability to anticipate needs;
  • Personal and professional integrity, tact, discretion, and diplomacy;
  • Administrative and organizational skills, including the ability to handle details at every level;
  • Willing to embrace change with positive outlook and transparency;
  • Respect of diversity and cultural communities.

COMPENSATION:The University will offer a competitive salary and benefits comparable to peer universities. A relocation package is available for a candidate from outside the Hartford area.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. All applications must include a cover letter and resume. The final candidate for the position must successfully complete a background check.

Please direct all inquiries, preliminary expressions of interest, and nominations in confidence electronically to:

David S. Garber, President
Princeton Legal Search Group
dgarber@princetonlegal.com

All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, national and ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected class.

The University is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action employer (AA), Male (M), Female (F), Disabled (D), Veteran (V).