Kruger is a partner in the corporate practice of the international law firm of Paul Hastings LLP and is based in the firm’s New York office. He has served as a member of the UConn Board of Trustees since 2011 and has served as chairman of the board’s financial affairs committee for the last four years.
“Tom has a firm grasp on the vital role that UConn has in Connecticut as an economic driver for our state and its standing as one of the nation’s top-rated public universities,” Malloy said. “As someone with a strong background in finance and administration, coupled with his experience working with other institutions of higher education, Tom will be a valuable asset to continue pursuing our critical mission of making Connecticut home to the best educated, most skilled, and most productive workforces in the nation that is in demand by the world’s leading industries.”
Kruger said he is “humbled by the opportunity to help continue to build UConn into all it can be.
“For all the success it has achieved as a model for teaching, research, public service, and economic impact, I believe the university’s best years lie ahead,” Kruger said. “I’m eager to work closely with my fellow trustees, President Herbst and her leadership team, our elected officials, and the entire UConn community to realize the university’s full potential.”
In his professional work with Paul Hastings, Kruger focuses on corporate finance, securities law matters, and mergers and acquisitions, a statement from Malloy’s office said.
He has been a member and chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and has also been active in his neighborhood and community. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
Kruger will succeed Larry McHugh in the position of chairman. McHugh was originally appointed board chairman in 2009 by Gov. M. Jodi Rell to complete the unexpired term of the previous chair, Jack Rowe.
In 2011, Governor Dannel P. Malloy nominated McHugh for a full six-year term.
McHugh announced he would be stepping down in June, but said he would serve until Malloy named his successor.