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Greenwich Lawyer Appointed To Lead UConn Board of Trustees

Thomas Kruger of Greenwich
Thomas Kruger of Greenwich Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. — Thomas E. Kruger of Greenwich has been appointed to serve as chairman of the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday.

Kruger is a partner in the corporate practice of the international law firm of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office. He has served as a member of the UConn Board of Trustees since 2011.

“It has been my privilege to be a part of the unprecedented growth of one of America’s finest public universities these last six years, and I’m humbled by the opportunity to help continue to build UConn into all it can be for the State of Connecticut and the world,” Kruger said.

“Tom has a firm grasp on the vital role that UConn has in Connecticut as an economic driver for our state and its standing as one of the nation’s top-rated public universities,” Malloy said.

“As someone with a strong background in finance and administration, coupled with his experience working with other institutions of higher education, Tom will be a valuable asset to continue pursuing our critical mission of making Connecticut home to the best educated, most skilled, and most productive workforces in the nation that is in demand by the world’s leading industries.”

In his professional work with Paul Hastings, Kruger focuses on corporate finance, securities law matters, and mergers and acquisitions.

“For all the success it has achieved as a model for teaching, research, public service, and economic impact, I believe the university’s best years lie ahead," Kruger said. "I’m eager to work closely with my fellow trustees, President Herbst and her leadership team, our elected officials, and the entire UConn community to realize the university’s full potential.”

He has experience representing publicly and privately held entities in acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, divestitures, public and private securities offerings, and financings.

He has been a member and chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the University of Detroit, Mercy Law School. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor from Harvard Law School.

Kruger will succeed Larry McHugh as chairman. Earlier this year, McHugh announced his intention to not seek another six-year term on the board.

The UConn Board of Trustees is the governing body for the university and has 21 members: 12 appointed by the Governor of Connecticut, two elected by university alumni, two elected by university students, and five ex-officio members, including the governor, the UConn Health Board of Directors chair, and the Commissioners of Agriculture, Economic and Community Development, and Education.

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