Lewis J. Robinson Jr. emailed the presidents of the state’s community colleges Tuesday evening, telling them that any “expedite[d]” separation agreement offers — or “buyouts” as some have called it — are void.

“The Board has not authorized any such arrangement and to the extent such an arrangement was offered at that time or thereafter, it is hereby rescinded,” Robinson wrote the leaders of the state’s dozen community colleges.

Last month, the state’s community college presidents met with the system’s director of human resources. Two of those presidents said they were offered a “buyout” and were at risk of being terminated if they did not accept it by the end of October. The system’s president and vice president — who have since resigned — insisted that all that was offered was an expedited exit from their posts, so they could amicably leave if they did not agree with the direction the system was heading.

Read Robinson’s full letter to the college presidents here.

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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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