Gov. M. Jodi Rell said today that the University of Connecticut might get a new president before the state gets a new governor on Jan. 5.

“I’m expecting they will make a recommendation perhaps by the end of the year,” Rell said of the search committee.

Rell said she plans to meet with the three or four finalists.

Asked if a new president might want to first get a sense of Gov.-elect Dan Malloy, she replied, “I think it would be very nice of them to meet the governor-elect.”

Rell noted that at her suggestion that Malloy now has a representative on the search team.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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