How are the community and state colleges like a cemetery?

Just a few months on the job as the first president of the recently merged state and community college systems, Robert A. Kennedy told the governor Tuesday it’s like working in a cemetery.

“You have a lot of people under you but nobody is listening,” he joked during the monthly state commissioners meeting with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of his progress. “This is the land of steady habits.”

Following Malloy’s lead, legislators agreed to merge the Connecticut State University System and the community colleges — which collectively enroll 100,000 students each semester — into one system in an effort to shed administrative costs. The regents have eliminated 24 positions so far, which Kennedy expects will save $4.3 million.