Robert A. Kennedy’s nomination to become president of the state’s college system may have sailed through the Board of Regents last week, but he had a backup plan if things went awry. Kennedy was under contract to begin teaching biology at the University of Maine Jan. 15, according to the school’s student newspaper.

Colleen Flanagan, a spokeswoman for the Regents, wrote in an email statement, “Dr. Kennedy’s contract is unpaid and month-by-month. He plans to end his contract as soon as possible, given his new role here in Connecticut.”

Kennedy informed the university Wednesday that he would not be returning.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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