Don’t you forget about me (the Liberal Arts)

by liz collins • february 20, 2019 • 6:00 a.m.

When the University announced that President Herbst would be resigning, I was interested to see who her replacement would be. I went into the process with an open mind, unsure of what to expect of her successor. Now knowing that Thomas Katsouleas will be our next president, I’m certain that he will do an excellent job; however, I can’t help but feel anxious about UConn’s dwindling support for the liberal arts in favor of STEM. There is no doubt that Katsouleas is a man of outstanding merit. With a doctorate in physics, multiple fellowships, and over 250 co-authored publications, it is certain that he’s deeply involved in academia and knows his way around a university. What worries me is his field: STEM. He’s a leading scholar in the field of plasma science and has years of meaningful experience under his belt. His election by the Board of Trustees and his support from Governor Ned Lamont has proven just how dedicated UConn is to STEM.