As I finish my first year as Chairman of UConn Strong, I am pleased to reflect on some of the progress we’ve made. Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve been able to recruit a distinguished, committed Board of Directors, testified on multiple occasions at the CT General Assembly and published op-eds with two major news outlets.  Additionally, our emails go to over 55,000 UConn alums, parents and other supporters, which gives us the opportunity to communicate directly to a broad audience.

As we head into a new school year, I am pleased to announce two new efforts that will continue to enhance our ability to meet our mission: showing people that UConn is critical to the state’s economy and culture.

First, we have now released our two inaugural podcasts in the series, "UConn Strong with John Malfettone and Jim Leahy."  This interview style podcast is meant to give Husky Nation an insider’s look at the people who make UConn go.  Our first two podcast interviewees are Interim President Andrew "Dr. Andy" Agwunobi and Athletic Director David Benedict.  Thanks so much to Legal Innovators and CT Business Systems for supporting these podcasts.  You’ll be able to find them on Spotify or simply visit and click the red button in the upper right hand corner.

We are also working on a schedule of receptions around the state to highlight both Connecticut companies and recent graduates who show the value that UConn brings to the table.  If you know of a company or recent grad who you believe should be recognized, please send us a note to [email protected].  Stay tuned for the schedule and please join us if we are in your area.

UConn Strong has a long way to go to be the dynamic, effective organization that we need to be to help move Connecticut forward, but we’ve taken great strides.  I am excited that the Board of Directors is committed to that mission.  I hope you’ll join us as we continue on this journey.