Michael P. Meotti, the outgoing executive vice president of the state’s college system, will be leaving the system without any perks.

“There’s no separation package,” said Colleen Flanagan Johnson, the system’s chief of staff.

Meotti — whose looming departure follows a trio of controversies — had no contract with the Board of Regents following his appointment last December. When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office named Meotti as the interim vice president of the newly merged system in June 2011, he also did not have a contract.

Meotti did have a contract as the state’s commissioner for higher education, which expires in 2013, but Flanagan Johnson said he “is not invoking his contract in reference to separation from state service.”

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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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