“Dr. Kennedy’s resignation was a necessary first step toward restoring confidence in Connecticut’s higher education system, but there is still a long way to go. The next step needs to be the resignation of Michael Meotti. His ability to lead our state’s higher education system has been irreparably damaged by his poor judgment in accepting a secret, unauthorized pay raise and his role in threatening to purge the community college system of its presidents and autonomy. I urge Mr. Meotti to resign and the Board of Regents to carefully, but expeditiously choose competent new leadership. There is no time to waste.
“At the same time, it is important that the co-chairs and ranking members of the General Assembly’s Higher Education Committee convene legislative hearings to determine exactly what went wrong, the extent of the abuse, why the law put into effect last year wasn’t followed, and what state government – including the governor’s office and the Board of Regents – needs to do to ensure nothing like this happens again.”