In August 2013, Dr. Elsa M. Núñez begins her eighth year as the sixth president of Eastern Connecticut State University. During her first seven years on campus, Dr. Núñez has forged closer ties with the local community, led a campus-wide strategic planning process, and shepherded the opening of an expanded/remodeled Student Center; a beautiful 174,000-square foot Science Building; an Academic Services Center that consolidates tutoring, advising and other academic support services; a new Police Department facility; the new Center for Community Engagement; and other campus improvements. Prior to joining the Eastern community, Dr. Núñez had more than 20 years of previous experience as a senior administrator in higher education in Maine, Massachusetts, and New York. She also has held positions as a tenured faculty member at Ramapo State College, the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York, and Lehman College of the City University of New York. Dr. Núñez received her B.A. from Montclair State College, an M.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a doctorate in linguistics from Rutgers University.