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Bill to Give Regents Board Hiring Power Passes Legislature

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File photo of girls and boys in a classroom. (Photo by PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/GettyImages)

File photo of girls and boys in a classroom. (Photo by PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/GettyImages)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A bill that would allow Connecticut’s new Board of Regents for Higher Education, not the governor, to ultimately choose the board’s new president has passed through the General Assembly.

The Senate voted 28-8 in favor of the legislation Thursday, sending it to Governor Dannel Malloy’s desk.

Currently, the board governing the state’s four state universities, 12 community colleges and online university must submit a recommendation for a new president to the governor for approval.

The president’s term would be served simultaneously with the governor’s term.

But Sen. Beth Bye said linking the length of a president’s term to the governor’s term can hamper recruitment efforts. Under this bill, the president’s term would be based on a contract negotiated between the board and the candidate.

Three candidates are currently under consideration.

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