Controller, CT State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) Board of Regents for Higher Education
As Controller for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) Board of Regents (BOR) for Higher Education, Christopher Forster is responsible for system wide financial policy and financial reporting of the system’s 17 public colleges and universities. He also oversees business services and is a key contributor to various transformation projects as part of the BOR’s efforts to improve administrative efficiencies across the system. In addition, Chris serves on the Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) Advisory Board.
Prior to his current role, Chris was the Director of Agency Business Services (ABS) of the State of Oklahoma. He was responsible for the development of Oklahoma’s shared financial services group and the expansion of shared services to agencies, boards and commissions statewide. While working for the state, Chris also served as Fiscal Director to Oklahoma’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). In this role he helped implement a statewide consolidation of IT services and infrastructure.
Chris received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, a Masters of Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management from the University of Connecticut. He holds the Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) designation from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) designation from the Association of Government Accountants (AGA). Chris completed the GFOA’s Advanced Government Finance Institute in 2013 and served on the GFOA’s national Committee on Economic Development and Capital Planning from 2013 – 2015.
Chris lives in Farmington, Connecticut, where he serves as a Commissioner on the Farmington Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commission as well as the Unionville Historic District Commission. Chris also serves as a board member for the Farmington Exchange Club. His wife, Dr. Jessica Forster, is a small animal veterinarian in Southington, Connecticut, and they have a daughter named Delilah.
“I would encourage MPA students to fully embrace all the analytical concepts taught in the program and to truly develop their objective thought process.” Chris states. “The public sector is rapidly changing as a result of diminishing resources. Your success in public administration will depend on your ability to use these concepts and tools to help re-shape how public organizations think and operate.”