CCSU News Release
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD PRESENTED TO
FORMER ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY DEAN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 27, 2014
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Dr. Zdzislaw Kremens, dean emeritus of the Central Connecticut State University School of Engineering and Technology, a highly respected administrator and professor who helped put CCSU’s School of Engineering & Technology on the map, was presented, today, with the University’s 2014 Distinguished Service Award.
President Jack Miller made the surprise announcement during the University’s annual Open Meeting for faculty and staff held in Alumni Hall. Miller’s proclamation and introduction of the retired dean was met by hearty applause, cheers, and a standing ovation.
In presenting a plaque, Miller remarked: “The incredible leadership shown by Dr. Zdzislaw Kremens over the past 15 years has significantly improved the academic, campus, and community culture at CCSU.”
Kremens retired from the deanship last year, but has continued to work on behalf of CCSU.
“For your outstanding contributions to rebuilding a vital part of this University and dedicated service to students, colleagues, professional organizations and the local, state, and international communities, I am pleased to present you with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award,” the President announced.
Upon being hired as the dean of the School of Technology in 1998, Kremens inherited a fractured and frustrated faculty. He is credited for overcoming many obstacles, both on and off campus, to establish the School of Engineering and Technology – putting it solidly on the path to becoming a comprehensive school of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“The School began thriving under his visionary governance,” Miller shared with the audience. “He was open to innovative ideas and was willing to take risks. He worked tirelessly with his faculty and staff to attain many firsts for CCSU.”
Among his accomplishments are the creation of the first Bachelor of Science programs in Mechanical and Civil Engineering and, not long after, the licensure and national accreditation for the two programs. He also embraced the idea of expanding the School to include a biomedical engineering program bringing science into the mix.
The former dean is described by one of his colleagues as having an “infectious passion” for the School, said Miller. Kremens hired faculty known nationally and internationally for their expertise, and he substantially expanded and improved laboratory space and invested heavily in student and faculty research projects. Enrollment in many of the School’s programs dramatically increased which, in turn, led to increases in external funding, faculty publications, and national recognition for scholarly work and outreach.
Kremens got involved with the School’s industrial advisory boards, and inspired great companies, such as Whelan Engineering, to expand support of and involvement with CCSU. He worked to create seamless pathways in engineering and technology between the community colleges and CCSU.
Kremens’ top priority, Miller pointed out, has always been to provide students with an excellent and affordable education, and he was especially passionate about establishing programs that provide access to students who might not otherwise have the ability to attend college. He supported and helped fund new summer programs including the “Young Engineers” and the FIRST LEGO robotics program at the New Britain Boys and Girls Club. The Club honored him in 2011 with its President’s Award for introducing club members to the world of technology.
Kremens and his wife live in Farmington.
Janice Palmer, CCSU Media Relations - 860.832.1791, 860.538.2649, firstname.lastname@example.org