HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Kennedy, who was recruited last year by Governor Malloy to lead the newly consolidated 17 campus system is out, effective immediately.
His downfall began earlier this week when it was reported that his executive vice president, Michael Meotti, was getting a 48 thousand dollar a year pay raise, a raise that Kennedy did not have the authority to give.
In addition, over two dozen other hefty raises were also given without authority but they've since been revoked.
The Governor, who was clearly upset about the controversy issued a statement saying; "Bob's decision is the right one."
"This meeting is called on an emergency basis due to the resignation of President Kennedy submitted earlier today," Lew Robinson, Chairman of the Board of Regents, said.
Late this afternoon, the board voted to form a special committee to investigate the salary issues and other alleged missteps by Kennedy, including why he was out of the state for six weeks.
"When they are unaware of raises being given out, when they're unaware that their president has been out of town for six weeks, something's not right," Republican Rep. Larry Cafero said.
Lawmakers from both parties are also annoyed about a 25-thousand dollar, unvouchered, expense account used by Kennedy.
"We feel like if you're making 340-thousand dollars a year, plus a 20-thousand dollar bonus, to also get this sort of 25-thousand dollars in cash is outrageous," Sen. Beth Bye, a Democrat from the Education Committee, said.
When News 8 asked if the approval of these raises without the authority is a major bungle, Meotti said, "I'm not going to comment on anything that's gone on so far. We're concentrating on the transition at this point and helping out to make sure that's smooth and successful."
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