|December 1, 2004
This year, for the first time in NCAA history, the menís and womenís basketball championships were won by the same school: the University of Connecticut.
This tremendous accomplishment by our flagship public university has once again elevated our small state to national stature. UConnís student athletes have infused us with a renewed sense of pride in hailing from Connecticut.
This has also been a year of achievement throughout state government despite the difficulty and disillusionment we all faced. These are the achievements you will read about in the 2003-2004 Digest of Administrative Reports to the Governor. The many successes would not have been possible without the ingenuity, innovation and dedication of state employees even during the most difficult of times. They deserve our gratitude and our utmost respect.
On July 1, I stood on the north steps of the Capitol and took the oath of office to become Connecticut's 87th governor. I made a pledge to restore faith, trust and integrity to our government. Those were not just words on a piece of paper. I made that promise because it is what is in my heart, and I know that State of Connecticut employees share this goal.
Connecticut government can learn much from our tremendously talented UConn champions: By working together, we will move forward in a spirit reflecting the best of public service.
M. Jodi Rell Governor