HARTFORD — Gov. M. Jodi Rell selected a longtime educator of Middletown to be Chairman of the University Of Connecticut Board Of Trustees.
Lawrence D. McHugh of Middletown, a longtime President of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce will, be at the top post on the board of trustee, Rell recently announced in a press release.
“Larry McHugh has been a legendary – and legendarily successful – educator, business leader and community leader in our state for decades,” Rell said. “I am thrilled that he is willing to take on this new challenge”
McHugh,69, was first appointed to the board 26 years ago. He is President of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, a position he has held since 1983. A 1962 graduate of Southern Connecticut State College (now Southern Connecticut State University), McHugh was a high school teacher and highly successful track and football coach for more than two decades, most of them at Xavier High School in Middletown. From 1975 to 1983 he served as Executive Director of M-X Development Corp., the fund-raising office for Mercy and Xavier high schools.
Former Governor O’Neill first appointed him to the CSU Board of Directors in 1982. He has been reappointed by successive Governors, including Governor Rell in 2005. He also serves on a number of other state panels and commissions, including the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission and the Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film.
“I am very honored by the confidence Governor Rell has shown in me,” McHugh said. “The years I have spent on the CSU Board have been deeply rewarding and I look forward to the new challenges that are ahead.”
Rell also announced that she is naming Karl J. Krapek of Avon to serve as Chairman of the Connecticut State University System Board of Trustees. Krapek had been Vice Chair of the CSU Board. He is to replace McHugh at the helm of the CSU Board,” Rell said.
Krapek has held top executive jobs at three of United Technologies Corp.’s business units – Otis Elevator, Carrier and Pratt & Whitney – as well as serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of UTC itself. He joined UTC as Vice President of Operations at Otis Elevator and became President in 1989. He was named Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carrier in 1990 and became President and CEO of Pratt & Whitney in 1992. He retired as President and COO of UTC in 2002.