The Associated Press is reporting that Jack Warner has been offered the job of president of Connecticut’s largest public college system, but has turned it down.

Warner, currently the chief executive of South Dakota’s college system, told the AP that “he wants to stay in the state for numerous reasons, including strong university presidents and support from state policymakers.”

Warner was one of three finalists for the job.

The remaining two candidates are Gregory W. Gray, the leader of Riverside Community College in California since 2009; and  Jay V. Kahn, interim president of Keene State College in New Hampshire.

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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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