Philip E. Austin will finish out the semester teaching at the University of Connecticut while also running the Board of Regents for Higher Education.

The course: Educational Leadership and the Administration of Student Affairs in Higher Education.

Austin takes over as the interim president of the 100,000-student college system — which does not include UConn — following a trio of controversies by the previous leadership.

Austin has taught one course a year at UConn for the past several years, according to course catalogues. The course this semester is slated to end for its 17 graduate students in six weeks.

A spokeswoman for UConn said that Austin has submitted his paperwork for unpaid leave, though it was not immediately clear if he will be compensated to finish teaching this semester.

“Through an agreement with members of the regents’ board, he will finish teaching” this semester, Stephanie Reitz, of UConn, wrote in an email Thursday.

Austin earns $285,000 a year from UConn to teach and take on special projects.

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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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