Dr. Elsa M. Núñez


Dr. Elsa M. Núñez has served as president of Eastern Connecticut State University since 2006. Dr. Nunez has more than 20 years of experience as a senior administrator in higher education institutions in systems such as the University of Maine System and the City University of New York.

Under Dr. Núñez’s leadership, Eastern Connecticut State University has received several major national recognitions, including being ranked three years in a row by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 35 public regional universities in the North as a Tier One institution; being recognized for the fifth year in a row by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For”; being named to President Obama’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll; and being included in The Princeton Review’s list of Best Colleges in the Northeast.

In addition to serving on the board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Dr. Núñez also serves on the boards of such organizations as the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the Connecticut Association for Human Services, Leadership Greater Hartford, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

Dr. Núñez received her B.A. from Montclair State College, an M.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an Ed.D. in Language Education from Rutgers University.

For the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Dr. Núñez serves on the Grants Policy & Program committee, and on the Organizational Measurement committee.