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What brought down Kennedy and Meotti?

Gov. Malloy announcing Robert Kennedy as the college system’s president Reorganizing the state universities and community colleges may have been Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s idea, but handpicking who would lead the merged, 100,000-student system wasn’t his call — at least not according to the legislators who crafted the merger bill. That didn’t stop the governor, […]

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A closer look at Connecticut’s higher education salaries

The Malloy administration insists that the $410,000 compensation package it awarded in 2011 to the former president of the state’s college system was competitive. “This was very moderate in comparison” to other public college systems, Mark Ojakian, the governor’s chief of staff, said recently. Robert A. Kennedy resigned as president in October after a series of […]

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Embattled Board of Regents chief resigns

Robert A. Kennedy, the embattled president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, announced his resignation Friday morning, effective immediately. Kennedy, who was recruited last year by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to lead the new consolidation of the higher education system, bowed to mounting pressure for his resignation after disclosures he unilaterally approved executive pay […]

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Meotti: Second higher education casualty

Michael P. Meotti, executive vice president of the Board of Regents of Higher Education — and the focus of the pay-raise scandal that slammed the department this week — became the second top official to resign Friday. Earlier, Robert A. Kennedy, president of higher education’s central office, announced his resignation. The resignations follow confirmation that […]

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New questions follow an educator’s apology

Hartford — The head of the state’s higher-education system apologized Wednesday for the hefty raises he unilaterally awarded to top staff, but he immediately was confronted with new questions about six weeks he spent working remotely from a second home in Minnesota over the summer. Robert A. Kennedy, the president of the Board of Regents […]

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Higher education chief ‘mistakenly’ ordered 21 executive raises without board approval

The state’s merged public college system backpedaled Tuesday as its top executive announced that 21 raises he “mistakenly” authorized during the past 10 months would be reassessed by its governing board. That includes the $49,000 increase granted recently to Michael P. Meotti, the executive vice president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education. Meotti […]

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Double-digit raise goes to top higher ed official

A top administrator in Connecticut’s merged public college system received a nearly $49,000 pay increase last week — a move that members of its governing board could not explain Monday, even as most state employees remain under a wage freeze. And while top administrators for the Board of Regents for Higher Education failed to return […]