Dear Campus Community,
I am pleased to share exciting news with you regarding the future of the University of Bridgeport.
This week, the University of Bridgeport and Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT) signed a letter of intent to merge that will draw on the strengths of both institutions to create an expanded university with deeper connections between professional programs and the liberal arts. Experiencing the same challenges as liberal arts colleges throughout the Northeast, Marlboro began the process of seeking a strategic partnership last year. The College ranks among the best Northeastern Colleges by the Princeton Review and is located less than two hours north of Bridgeport.
The University of Bridgeport has always been integrative and innovative. Founded as the first junior college in Connecticut, the University grew to house the Fones School of Dental Hygiene, the Bridgeport School of Engineering, and Arnold College of Education. We partnered with the Peace Corps to found New England’s first Peace Corps Preparatory Program, and, most recently, embraced the teaching program at Bridgeport Hospital. We have grown through forward-thinking and entrepreneurship. This tradition continues with Marlboro’s integration into the fabric of our University in the months ahead.
Given UB’s and Marlboro’s mutual goal of preparing students for lives of purpose and meaningful work, experiences will be offered for students from both campuses that expose and encourage their participation in different curricula, governance structures, and communities. We also anticipate faculty exchanges and the addition of new learning communities. It also links two historic institutions with legacies of excellence, innovation, and boldness, with beautiful, complementary campuses in the Green Mountains of Vermont and on Long Island Sound. Marlboro College’s rural setting will facilitate greater access to outdoor facilities including an organic farm and 18 miles of cross-country trails. Additionally, the internationally renowned Malboro Music Festival is held on their campus grounds annually. These beautiful spaces provide an intellectually and culturally rich venue in which we may develop a blended curriculum and partnered courses.
I understand that members of our community will have questions about the merger and what it means for the future of the University. I will hold a town hall meeting at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 29, 2019, in Mandeville 104, to address any questions that you might have about the merger and what it means for the University.
This is a momentous occasion in our history, heralding a new era for the University of Bridgeport. We are excited for the possibilities afforded to our students and community through the merger. I look forward to seeing you on Monday to share more information with you. To learn more about Marlboro College, please click here.
Laura Skandera Trombley