April 19, 2010
STORRS, Conn. -
A pair of long-time University of Connecticut administrators, Scott Brohinksy and Lorraine Aronson, will receive the Dr. A.J. Pappanikou Outstanding Contribution Award when The UConn Club holds its 57th Annual Award Dinner on Tuesday, April 20, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell.
The award is given annually to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the UConn Division of Athletics. It is named for Dr. A.J. Pappanikou, a long-time faculty member at UConn who was also an active UConn Club member, including serving as chairman of the Annual Award Dinner.
Aronson brought a lifetime of public service experience and achievement when she came to the University of Connecticut in 1995, and over her 13-year career at the school, she served UConn with unparalleled intelligence, energy and commitment.
Aronson came to UConn in 1995 as the Special Assistant to the Chancellor and was named Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement in 1998. She was appointed Vice President for Financial Planning the following year and in 2003, Aronson was named Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, a position which she held until her retirement.
An expert in state finances, Aronson's credibility with the state government leaders was instrumental in securing unprecedented state financial support for UConn.
Aronson was intimately involved in the implementation of UCONN 2000 and with the design of and advocacy for 21st Century UConn. These programs have rebuilt and enhanced all of the university's campuses.
She was also very active in a number of capital projects involving the UConn Division of Athletics, including advocacy for Rentschler Field and the financing of The Burton Family Football Complex and the Mark R. Shenkman Training Center and renovations to the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion.
Her various roles at UConn saw her play a part in both determining the university's financial priorities and also the implementation and oversight of them.
Prior to her time at UConn, Aronson held leadership positions in Connecticut's Department of Education, Department of Social Services and the state budget office - the Office of Policy and Management.
Aronson holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a law degree from Boston University.
Brohinsky served the University of Connecticut in a number of roles dealing primarily with external affairs during a nearly two-decade long career of service at the school.
Brohinsky, who retired from UConn in December of 2009, first came to Storrs in 1990 and served as the Director of Governmental Relations until 1997. In 1996, he also took on the role as Director of University Communications and from 2003 until his retirement he served as Director of University Relations.
He was extremely effective for UConn in the field of Governmental Relations as he helped establish the school as a significant participant in the state's annual legislative process. Working with UConn's Alumni Association, Foundation, faculty and staff, Brohinsky helped establish UConn Advocates, the grass roots mobilization to support UConn's legislative initiatives. Brohinsky played a key role in the creation and enactment of UCONN 2000 and 21st Century UConn Program, which have renewed, rebuilt and enhanced all UConn campuses, and in securing operational and programmatic support from the state and federal governments.
From an athletic standpoint, Brohinsky played a major role in obtaining the funding for Rentschler Field in East Hartford, now the home of UConn's NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision program.
Brohinsky reorganized the University Communications office and oversaw the development and implementation of a strategic communications plan for the school. He helped establish and unify UConn's brand identity and forged an effective partnership with the Office of Enrollment Management that has produced the largest, most diverse and most qualified classes of undergraduate students.
He was a key figure in the building and operation of UConn's Lodewick Visitor Center and established UConn Magazine and the design of the UConn Health Center Magazine. During his time at UConn, Brohinsky ushered in the era of electronic communications, including the University web site as he established a uniform design and format across all campuses.
Brohinsky earned his undergraduate degree from Boston University and is a graduate of the UConn School of Law.