Chronicle Staff Writer
STORRS MANSFIELD - The University of Connecticutâ€™s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Radenka Maric the 17th president of the university Wednesday.
Maricâ€™s five-year term as president began immediately upon the boardâ€™s vote. Her starting base pay will be $610,000 per year with the potential for performance-based bonuses.
â€śBeing named president of the university is an honor,â€ť she said. â€śI love UConn and I believe in UConn.â€ť Maric has led the university as interim president since February 1. She was appointed after the departure of Interim President Andrew Agwunobi, who served in the position after Thomas Katsouleas, UConnâ€™s 16th president, stepped down in the summer of 2021.
Agwunobi left his position as UConnâ€™s interim president to become head of the home solutions business for Humana Inc., a for-profit health insurance company based in Louisville, Kentucky.
Toscano said that Maric rose to the top of a highly competitive pool of candidates during the national search.
â€śIn our discussions following the interview process, it was clear that the unanimous choice was our own Interim President Radenka Maric,â€ť he said. â€śIâ€™ve come to know her very well, particularly in the last nine months during her time as interim president. She is a force of nature, deeply committed to UConn, determined to get results and all in when it comes to leading this institution into a future that will be defined by success and achievement.â€ť
UConn launched its presidential search earlier this year with the appointment of a 50-person advisory committee, which worked with Parker Executive Search to recruit and review candidates. The committee looked for presidential candidates nationwide. They even received job applicants from abroad.
â€śThis was truly a global search,â€ť said Daniel Toscano, chairman for the UConn Board of Trustees. During her interim presidency, Maric raised the universityâ€™s national profile by hosting leaders of several top federal agencies for on-campus visits to demonstrate UConnâ€™s success in various areas of research and academia.
She also brought a highly student-centric focus to her interim presidency and says she will continue to expand those efforts in concert with others at UConn to prioritize student access and inclusion, access to mentoring and life-transformative educational experiences, and their personal and professional fulfillment.
The UConn Board of Trustees spoke overwhelmingly in favor of Maric as president.
â€śShe is a person of high integrity and good character,â€ť said Trustee Sanford Cloud, Jr. â€śWe have not just found our next president, but we found the right president,â€ť said Trustee Damani Douglas.