Term: 12/01/19 - 11/30/23
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Commissioner Charles (Chuck) E. Pagano currently serves as President of the Board of Education. Pagano also serves as Vice Chairman for the Naugatuck Community College Foundation, Chairman for the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communication Center’s Oversight Committee and President for Holy Land Waterbury. In 2015, he also served as the Chairman of the District Reapportionment Commission to establish five three-member Aldermen districts within Waterbury and was previously the Chairman of the Connecticut Technology Council from 2012 to 2014.
Pagano, who is retired, joined ESPN prior to its debut on September 7, 1979 as a Technical Director. He was named ESPN’s first Chief Technology Officer on August 1, 2011. In that role, Pagano continued to serve as ESPN’s Executive Vice President of Technology, a position he assumed in 2005 with added duties across The Walt Disney Company. Pagano was responsible for all technology sectors within ESPN, including television, radio and new media, as well as research and development. In 2011, ESPN announced it would build a second digital center on its main campus in Bristol. Pagano’s team built the state-of-the-art facility and added to the advanced technical production facilities already in place at the main campus, as well as the Los Angeles Production Center (LAPC), which his team opened in 2009. Before joining ESPN, Pagano worked for WFSB-TV, the CBS affiliate in Hartford, as a technician (1977-79). Pagano (half-) jokingly says he joined ESPN to cut his commute in half.
A native of Waterbury, Pagano received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1984 and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Psychology in 2007, both from the University of Hartford. In May 2018, Pagano also graduated from Wesleyan University with a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies.