Top state legislators are concerned about how much officials of the state’s largest public college system are spending on administrative costs. (Photo: CSCU President Gregory Gray answers legislators’ questions.)
Michael Gargano, provost for the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, who resigned abruptly last month from his $224,554-a-year job, will be paid by the public college system through February, according to a separation agreement dated Nov. 14. News of the agreement comes after a spokesman for the system repeatedly told The Connecticut Mirror over the last three weeks that he was “not aware” of a separation agreement. (Photo: Former Provost Michael Gargano)
Gregory Gray was taken aback when faculty members of the Connecticut State College and University system rejected his “road map” for transforming the sprawling network of campuses. In a recent interview, however, he said they will come to like and accept the plan as they learn more about it and participate more in shaping the final version.
Responding to concerns among faculty about plans for the future of Connecticut’s regional universities, the president of Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic said she knows they have the school’s best interest in mind, and she called for more dialogue between faculty and administrators.
The Legislature approved a major financing bill late Tuesday that dramatically expands pre-school programs in public schools, and tackles overdue repairs and renovations at the state universities and community colleges.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s “Transform CSCU 2020” initiative appears to be part program, part bailout, or a “tuition supplement,” as college officials are calling it.
“I am not talking about what happened in the past. I am talking about what needs to happen in the future,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday.
The governor’s budget director said Friday that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s $60 million spending proposal aimed at renovating and upgrading the buildings at the state’s largest public college system is just a down payment on what’s really needed.