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In this amazing episode Joe & Joe talk about how the institutional mergers within the state of Connecticut have affected enrollment at SCSU. Joe B. also talks about the mission to become the anti-racist & social justice institution working the state - & why walking the walk with the watchful eyes of students is of utmost importance. Also discussed are the barriers facing positive perceptions of higher education & the challenges that college Presidents face every day - & why having a great team helps to avoid burnout!!
Appointed as the university's 12th president in July 2016, Bertolino oversees an institution of about 10,000 students, 440 full-time faculty, & 1,100 staff. His first day at Southern was Aug. 22, 2016, President Joe, as he is affectionately known, has been a social justice educator for 25 years, & is passionate about student success & access to higher education. During his short time at the helm of Southern, he has outlined the following priorities: raising the University’s profile, expanding community outreach and partnerships; strategic enrollment recruitment & retention; & streamlining students’ path to earning a degree.
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