CT Higher Education President Resigns After Pay Snafu

Facing heavy criticism over his decision to approve a number of raises for staff, Robert Kennedy resigned from the Board of Regents for Higher Education.

The president for higher education in Connecticut resigned on Friday in light of criticism over to his staffers.

“The issues with which we’ve dealt over the past few days have become a distraction to that important work, and, as an educator all my life, the most important thing to me is the success and support of our students,” Robert Kennedy said in a written statement. “For that reason, I believe my resignation will allow the critical issues of the Board and its agenda to be addressed in a different light than they might otherwise be.

After the Connecticut Mirror exposed $250,000 in raises to his staffers – including a $48,000 raise to one executive – Kennedy announced that he would suspend the raises. 

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who appointed Kennedy to the Board of Regents for Higher Education, said the decision to resign “was the right one.”

“It’s unfortunate that the events of the past week have damaged the credibility of the central office, but they have,” he said in a written statement. “And that credibility needs to be restored as quickly as possible.”

Lewis Robinson, the chairman of the Board of Regents, said that the group would change policies to ensure that there isn’t a repeat situation of the lucrative raises.

“The Board of Regents is focused on pushing the kind of change agenda that, guided by strong leadership and clear policy and process, will ensure our students are better prepared to enter the job market,” Robinson said.

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Will Wilkin October 13, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Instead of creating 3-5 more jobs, he gives the money to people already well off. It is getting cold outside, where more people are "living." http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/housing/gov-homelessness-rising-decade-after-pledges-to-end-it.html EXCERPT: In the second camp are those who come at homelessness from a more macroeconomic viewpoint. The best way to end homelessness is to end poverty, argues Melissa Boteach, director of Half in Ten, an organization devoted to cutting poverty in the U.S. in half by 2020. Boteach and others like her are much more focused on issues like minimum wage, the earned income tax credit and child support credits, than on initiatives like getting the chronically homeless into permanent supportive housing. Their strategy has standing inasmuch as the population of homeless families in the U.S. has been going up at a faster rate than that of homeless individuals, according to the most recent AHAR report. Arguably, though, Boteach’s approach is a much more difficult battle than focusing more narrowly on the chronically homeless. Half in Ten is taking on the daunting issues that are at the core of the Occupy Wall Street movement: income inequality and basic social equity and fairness. END EXCERPT


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