Anita T. Gliniecki, of Monroe, has been named interim president of St. Vincent’s Collegefollowing the retirement of Martha K. Shouldis, Ed.D. Dr. Shouldis, a resident of Seymour, served as president and CEO of St. Vincent’s College for seven years. Ms. Gliniecki will lead St. Vincent’s College until a permanent successor to Dr. Shouldis is hired.
“Martha has had a profound impact on the growth of the College,” stated Stuart G. Marcus, MD, president and CEO, St. Vincent’s Health Services. “Whether she was expanding programs, increasing enrollment, or advocating to protect scholarship funding for our neediest students, the growth that occurred under Martha’s leadership will benefit the College and our community far into the future.”
During Dr. Shouldis’s tenure as president, two online baccalaureate degree programs, the RN-BSN and BS in Radiologic Sciences, were added. Enrollment increased by more than 80% and the physical footprint of the College expanded significantly with the addition of a new nursing skills lab, the Fortin Learning Center, a student learning center, and the Radiography program expansion to Stamford. The 2014 Associate Degree Nursing students achieved a 97% passage rate on the NCLEX certification exam; the 2013-2015 Associate Degree Radiography students achieved an average 98% passage rate on their certification exam; and the Class of 2015 was the single largest in the College’s history.
Gliniecki brings over 40 years of experience in healthcare as a nurse and as an educator. Most recently, she served as president of Housatonic Community College (HCC). She joined HCC in 2003 as dean of academic services and served in that position until she was named acting president in 2006 and then president in 2007. As HCC president, her efforts were instrumental in securing State support including the grant that brought one of Connecticut’s three advanced manufacturing centers to HCC. She also was instrumental in securing the Achieving the Dream grant and the Developmental Education Initiative from the Gates Foundation. Prior to her retirement in August 2014, Gliniecki oversaw the opening of Beacon Hall, the 173,000-square-foot addition to the HCC campus that added classrooms, student activity space, computer and language labs, and an expanded bookstore.
Before joining HCC, she was vice president for academic services at St. Clair Community College in Port Huron, Michigan. A native of Michigan, Gliniecki earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a master’s degree in nursing from Wayne State University. Among her many honors and awards, she is the 2013 recipient of the Susan L. Davis Women’s Leadership Award from the Women’s Leadership Council. She has served on numerous boards in the greater Bridgeport community including serving as president of the Bridgeport Rotary and chairing the Bridgeport Higher Education Alliance. She also is a former member of the National Commission on Academic, Student, and Community Development of the American Association of Community Colleges.
“We are so fortunate to have Anita shepherd us through this transition,” explained Dr. Marcus. “She is highly regarded for her commitment to excellence and innovation and her unwavering focus on student success.”