Jerry Vitkauskas has come back to the University of Hartford after more than 40 years in the business world. He graduated in 1964 from the University of Hartford. He returns as executive-in-residence at the Barney School, preparing a new generation of students to succeed in the business world.
“The University was a very different place when I was a student,” Vitkauskas recalls. “There were only two buildings on campus, and the first residence hall hadn’t opened yet. Still, I received a great education that prepared me for a truly remarkable career.”
Vitkauskas held a variety of senior leadership positions in the insurance industry before retiring in December 2007 as president and chief executive officer of AIG Credit Corporation. AIG Credit’s revenues grew from $1 billion to $9 billion under Vitkauskis’s leadership.
Vitkauskas stayed close to the University throughout his career. He was a two term member of the Board of Regents from 2000 to 2006; past chairman of the Financial Affairs Committee; and past president of the alumni association. He’s an honorary regent today.
“I’ve always felt like a part of the University community and I’m thrilled that I’ve been able to give something back over the years,” Vitkauskas says.
He’s getting the chance to do even more these days, teaching a course on leadership in the 21st century in the fall and spring.
“I’ve always believed that relationships are more important than anything else in the business world,” Vitkauskas says, “and this is a wonderful opportunity for me to share the lessons I’ve learned with students who will be tomorrow’s leaders.”
“I’m really enjoying my new career and I truly believe it will be as rewarding, in its own way, as my first career.”