The president of Gateway Community College has been named by the NAACP as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut for 2018.
President Paul Broadie II, who serves as both the president for Gateway and Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport will be recognized at an upcoming a VIP Awards Reception, Sept. 22 at Foxwoods Resort.
Broadie took the helm of Gateway in 2017 and he is among the first in the state to preside over two colleges, according to a press release.
“I am honored that the NAACP has included me in this prestigious distinction,” Broadie said in the release. “Recognizing that the most important qualities of leadership include the ability to listen and to respond with the necessary tools and resources to encourage individual and institutional success, I hope to draw attention to the importance of access to higher education for all who seek advancement and an enhanced quality of life.”
Broadie’s career in higher education spans twenty-six years and includes the expansion of academic programs, student services, innovative technology, community partnerships and campus expansion, according to the release. He holds degrees from Colorado State University, Long Island University, and Mercy College.
He also serves on several boards including; Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Workforce Development Alliance, New Haven Promise, the Bridgeport Higher Education Alliance, Bridgeport Public Education Fund, Bridgeport Regional Business Council, Phi Theta Kappa National President’s Advisory Board, the United Way of Fairfield Coastal County, The WorkPlace, Inc., Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders (BCYL) and The Kennedy Center.
Broadie is a member of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce Regional Leadership Council, Jobs for the Future Policy Council, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and American College Personnel Association, as well as a proud member of the Delta-Mu-Delta National Business Honor Society, Alpha Chi National Honor Society and Psi Kappa Psi Honor Society.