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Former UConn President Philip Austin Takes Interim Spot



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    The new interim president at UConn is a familiar face in Storrs.

    Philip E. Austin, served at the university president from October 1, 1996 and stepped down on Sept. 14, 2007.

    Michael Hogan submitted his resignation last week. It’s effective June 30. Austin steps in on June 11 and will serve as a nationwide search is conducted for a nationwide replacement, a process that is expected to take several months.

    “During this period of transition, it is essential that the university have an experienced leader to guide us forward, particularly as we face budgetary challenges and continue working to secure a renovated John Dempsey Hospital and new patient tower at the Health Center,” board chair Larry McHugh wrote in an e-mail to the university on Friday afternoon.

    Since the end of his presidency, Austin has been a faculty member at UConn and has been teaching courses in higher education leadership and participating in accreditation and other activities of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Collegiate Athletic Association on behalf of the University.

    “Serving as the president of UConn was greatly rewarding and I’m happy to assist the university now as it undergoes a transition in leadership,” said Austin. “I look forward to working closely again with the board, our faculty, staff, alumni and students as well as our state and federal elected officials. All have contributed significantly to UConn’s impressive progress in recent years.”

    Austin, who lives in West Hartford, said he would not be a candidate for the permanent position.

    His salary will be $370,000 a year.