After a week of controversy over raises he approved for some administrators,  the president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education has resigned.

The Board this morning announced that Board President Robert Kennedy has resigned immediately.  Saying the matters of recent days have become a distraction to the work to be done, Kennedy’s statement says he decided it would be in the best interest of the state,  the board,  and the state colleges and universities.

He said he is resigning with a heavy heart,  and  thanked the governor,  and praised the dedication of the college presidents, faculty and staff,  and the board members,  and praised the caliber of the students.

Governor Malloy issued a statement calling Kennedy’s decision “the right one.”  He says the departing president deserves a lot of credit for the many accomplishments of the board ofer the last year,  but says events of the past week have damaged the credibility of the central office,  and quick action was restored.  He called on the board to restore confidence and credibility in the central office.

Regents Board Chairman Lewis Robinson accepted the resignation with thanks for Kennedy’s service,  and said he appreciates the departing president’s willingness to put the students first.

Leaders of the legislature’s Higher Education Committeehad called for Kennedy’s resignation Thursday.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to meet Friday afternoon. Agenda items included Kennedy’s employment agreement and the salary adjustments.

Read full text of Kennedy’s statement.

Read statement of Board of Regents Chairman Lewis Robinson

Read Governor Dannel Malloy’s statement

Read Reaction of Senator Beth Bye,  Senate Chair of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

Read Reaction of State Senate Republican Leader John McKinney

Read Reaction of Ranking Republican Toni Boucher of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

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