HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Lewis J. Robinson, chairman of Connecticut’s Board of Regents for Higher Education, is stepping down.

In a resignation letter delivered Thursday to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Robinson acknowledged serving “during a period of considerable disruption and public scrutiny,” but managing to accomplish some significant achievements.

The board governs the recently merged system of four state universities, 12 community colleges and an online college. The total system serves 95,000 students.

Last fall, the former president stepped down after the board learned he awarded $250,000 in pay raises to staff without the board’s permission or knowledge. A new president has since been selected.

Malloy praised Robinson for his leadership “in a time of transformative change has been integral to our present and future strides in strengthening the state’s public higher education system.”


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