Former IBM Exec. Named Chairman Of Conn. Higher Ed Board

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Former IBM executive Nicholas Donofrio of Ridgefield has been named the new chairman of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the appointment Thursday and also named JoAnn Price of Avon as a member of the board. The panel governs the four state universities, 12 community colleges and an online college _ excluding the University of Connecticut.

The last board chairman, Lewis Robinson, resigned in August, saying it was time for others to lead. His exit followed controversy in the higher education system, including the resignation of Board of Regents President Robert Kennedy last year after he awarded $250,000 in pay raises without the board’s knowledge.

Donofrio has been a member of the Board of Regents since its launch in January 2012.

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