New president of Board of Regents of Higher Education, Dr. Robert Kennedy, formerly of the University of Maine, Aug. 22, 2011.
Updated: Friday, 12 Oct 2012, 10:44 AM EDT
Published : Friday, 12 Oct 2012, 10:23 AM EDT
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The embattled president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education has announced his resignation following an outcry over unauthorized pay hikes for staff members totaling $250,000.
Board President Robert A. Kennedy said Friday the controversy had become a distraction from the board's work.
Republican and Democratic leaders of the General Assembly's Higher Education Committee had called for Kennedy's resignation on Thursday.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Kennedy's decision is "the right one."
Kennedy said earlier this week he made a mistake when he awarded raises of up to $48,000 in raises to 21 staff members without the approval or knowledge of an oversight board.
Below is the full statement from Governor Malloy:
(HARTFORD, CT) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy today released the following statement regarding the resignation of Board of Regents President Dr. Robert A. Kennedy:
"Bob's decision is the right one.
There have been many accomplishments at the Board over the last year, and Bob deserves a lot of credit for those accomplishments. He's a smart, decent, thoughtful individual who has spent many years working to improve education systems. Our state universities, community and technical colleges are better off for Bob having spent the last year here in Connecticut, and I thank him for his service.
It's unfortunate that the events of the past week have damaged the credibility of the central office, but they have. And that credibility needs to be restored as quickly as possible.
As I said yesterday, it is now time for the Board to step in and take whatever actions are necessary to restore confidence and credibility in the central office."