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A Fond Farewell After serving six years as president of Southern, Dr. Cheryl J. Norton departed the university at the end of May.

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his spring Dr. Cheryl J.

Norton presided over her

sixth — and final — undergraduate commencement ceremony at Southern. Having announced her retirement as of May 31, she has embarked on a year-long sabbatical to conduct research on K-12 educational reform. It is a fitting focus for Norton, who has built her career on the promotion of student success. Her tenure at Southern was marked by numerous achievements: record full-time enrollment; the highest-ever level of academic accomplishment for incoming freshmen; and improved retention and graduation rates. She was the 10th president of Southern and the first woman to lead the 117-year-old institution, which has about 12,000 students and one of the largest graduate programs in New England. She was succeeded by Dr. Stanley F. Battle, former chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and president of Coppin State University, who

“I truly hope that people will say that Southern and the urban region it serves are stronger and richer because of what I did to help. I want to make a difference, and I want this institution to make a difference and be recognized for all it brings to the region.”

assumed the role of interim president on June 1. (Story on page 4.) 2 | Southern ALUMNI MAGAZINE

— Dr. Cheryl J. Norton, speaking with Southern Alumni Magazine several months after she began her presidency on April 30, 2004.

Southern Alumni Magazine Summer 2010  
Southern Alumni Magazine Summer 2010  

A magazine for alumni and friends of Southern Connecticut State University