Saturday, October 13, 2012
By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Keith M. Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
The board that leads the state’s scandal-marred, merged public college system today endorsed former University of Connecticut President Philip E. Austin to help salvage its image—a move prompted by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
The Board of Regents of Higher Education, which accepted the resignation of embattled President Robert A. Kennedy, also promised that a special study panel would move quickly to address a trio of controversies that have arisen in recent weeks.
Michael P. Meotti, the executive vice president at the center of those controversies, resigned tonight, hours after the board’s chairman, Lewis Robinson Jr., said Meotti would remain as the system’s second-highest-ranking administrator for now.
But Robinson was quick to add that the regents remain sensitive to the issues connected to Meotti—who accepted a $48,000 raise earlier this year while the wages of most state government employees are frozen. Meotti has since decided to forgo the raise.
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