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Mayor Moonlight: Ganim Takes Second Gig At UB

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim has been teaching American Government at the University of Bridgeport.
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim has been teaching American Government at the University of Bridgeport. Photo Credit: File

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Professor Ganim?

Mayor Joe Ganim has been busy leading the city for the past 18 months and has been openly toying with a run for governor.

But did you know he’s also been co-teaching American Government at the University of Bridgeport?

The city sent out a press release on the mayor’s moonlighting gig Wednesday night, after he’d finished two semesters of the course, which covers the Constitution, Civil Rights, political parties, elections and more.

“This has been a rewarding way to share my personal and professional knowledge of state and local government,” the mayor said of the school stint. “Being a mayor and teacher is an amazing way to educate. Real actions and real challenges of our municipality as they happen in City Hall are periodically brought to the students as part of the weekly discussion.”

Ganim receives a "nominal stipend per class," according to the city's Communications Director Rowena White.

The opportunity to teach arose from a speaking engagement at the university, in which Ganim shared his vision for the city’s future and discussed revitalizing the gateway to UB and the South End. He will likely continue teaching American Government during the fall semester.

The mayor, who was re-elected in 2015 after serving seven years in prison on federal felony corruption charges, also serves on the university’s board of trustees.

“This has also been a unique way to get to know these young residents of our city,” he said. “There is such a positive energy and intellect on the UB campus.”

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