Today was Michael Meotti’s last day at the Board of Regents for Higher Education — seven weeks after he announced his intention to resign.

Meotti’s resignation was the result of a pay-raise scandal and other events that in mid-October led legislators to question their confidence in the leadership of the 100,000-student system. Board of Regents President Robert A. Kennedy resigned and left immediately.

Meotti, who was the vice president of the system, is approximately four months shy of having worked for the state long enough to get a lifelong pension. A spokeswoman for the system said his delay in leaving was so that there would be an easy transition as the new interim president took office.

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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