HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ State lawmakers are discussing a bill that would allow Connecticut’s new Board of Regents for Higher Education, not the governor, to ultimately choose the board’s next president.

Currently, the board governing the state’s four state universities, 12 community colleges and online university, must submit a recommendation to the governor for approval. The president’s term is served simultaneously with the governor’s term.

Philip Austin, the board’s interim president, told lawmakers Tuesday that applicants questioned why the length of their job is based on the governor’s term and not their job performance. Austin said he supports the board choosing its own president to insulate that person from politics.

Rep. Roberta Willis, co-chairman of the higher education committee, said she’s concerned the current process discouraged applicants from applying. Three finalists are currently being considered.
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