Meet the President

Dr. Paul B. Beran

Dr. Paul Beran and Janice Beran at WCSU's Entering the Gates Ceremony

Meet WCSU's Interim President Dr. Paul B. Beran

Dr. Paul B. Beran joined Western Connecticut State University as interim president on July 15, 2022, after previously serving as a leader in three university systems.

Most recently, Dr. Beran was executive director and chief executive officer for South Dakota’s six public universities and two special schools. Before that, he served as chancellor of the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and president of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, which featured three campuses.

Dr. Beran has also worked as a senior administrator at community colleges in Massachusetts and Missouri. At the beginning of his career, he was a faculty member at the university and community college level in Texas.

Dr. Beran holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in higher education from Texas A&M University and has completed post-graduate work at the University of Houston. He also has a Master of Arts degree in English and bachelor’s degrees in English and political science, all from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas.

Paul and Janice Beran live in Danbury. They have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.

Dr. Paul Beran

A Message from the Interim President

A Time for Transformation

Refocusing on relevancy, support and student success

Why is WCSU transforming? Because an organization that sits still and doesn’t examine itself cannot be a place where big ideas are tested. WCSU is undergoing change in almost all areas of the university.

The result is:

  • Faculty are working to make the curriculum relevant to each student
  • Staff are changing “how we do business” and reviewing processes and procedures to put student needs at the center of everything they do
  • Administrators are supporting currency and relevancy in degrees designed to provide lifetime value and create paths for lifelong learning

I advise students to always look for a university that is undergoing change in many areas. It will be more relevant, economical and a place where faculty and administration are pushing each other to improve and do better for students.

contact information

Office of the President

Western Connecticut State University

181 White St,
Danbury, CT 06810