Updated: Friday, 28 Dec 2012, 4:17 PM EST
Published : Friday, 28 Dec 2012, 4:15 PM EST
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A search committee for Connecticut's Board of Regents for Higher Education says it hopes to recommend a candidate for the board's new president to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in April.
The governor has authority to appoint the board's president. That person could begin work in mid-to-late summer.
Robert A. Kennedy stepped down as president after the board learned he had awarded $250,000 in pay raises to staff without the board's permission or knowledge. Also, he had been receiving a $340,000 salary in addition to other compensation, including an un-vouchered expense account. He later returned $25,000.
On Friday, the search committee said it has appointed members of an advisory panel that will help find a new president. The panel includes faculty members, union officials, students, administrators and professional staff.