Sen. Sonya Halpern Elected to University of Hartford Board of Regents

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Atlanta, GA – Sen. Sonya Halpern (D-Atlanta) proudly announced her election to the University of Hartford Board of Regents on December 11, 2023. A distinguished alumna of the Barney School of Business, Sen. Halpern holds an MBA, having completed the innovative international MBA program with studies in Paris, France, and collaboration with students from 11 different countries.

Expressing her commitment to education, Sen. Halpern stated, “Education is a cornerstone of my public service, and I am honored to join the University of Hartford Board of Regents. I learned so much as a student at UHart; not just practical skills but also how to think critically and problem solve. What a full-circle moment to now contribute to the university’s legacy of learning, personal growth, and fostering the practical skills and readiness essential for our students to excel in their future careers – just as I was equipped to meet the challenges of my time!”

Sen. Halpern brings a multifaceted perspective to the Board of Regents, drawing from her legislative experience and extensive involvement in educational governance. Chairing a study committee for Georgia’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and touring these institutions has provided her with firsthand knowledge of their approaches to preparing students for modern career demands.

Her active role in the Senate Committee on Education and Youth, former chairmanship of the board of trustees for The Children’s School, and past board membership at Grant Park Cooperative Preschool underscore Sen. Halpern’s commitment to shaping educational policy and administration across different levels.

Sen. Halpern has expanded her educational insights globally, studying Finland’s renowned educational system earlier this year. Eager to contribute to UHart’s legacy in academic excellence, program innovation, and fiduciary responsibility, she emphasizes the importance of preparing students for a complex global world.

Her election to the Board of Regents is a significant milestone, marking the beginning of her valuable contributions to her alma mater. Sen. Halpern’s first board meeting is scheduled for this month.

Sen. Sonya Halpern serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus. She represents Senate District 39 which includes neighborhoods across the five cities of Atlanta, College Park, City of South Fulton, East Point and Union City, all in Fulton County. She can be reached at 404.656.9644 or at