PIERRE, S.D. (AP and WTIC Staff) — The head of South Dakota’s public university system said Tuesday that he has turned down a similar job in Connecticut.

South Dakota Board of Regents CEO Jack Warner said he wants to stay in the state for numerous reasons, including strong university presidents and support from state government officials.

The Connecticut Board of Regents had narrowed its list of finalists to three, including Warner.

The Connecticut regent’s president job is open, because former president Robert Kennedy resigned amid complaints about large raises given to board staff.

“To be effective in this kind of work, you really need strong support from all those sectors — the governing board, presidents and superintendent, the staff, and state policymakers,” Warner said in a statement. “All of those things are in place in South Dakota, and I am happy to remain here.”

Warner was offered the job of president of Connecticut’s Board of Regents for Higher Education and even met with the state’s governor to discuss the job before turning it down, Regents spokeswoman Janelle Toman told The Associated Press.

Warner considered the Connecticut job because it would have taken him closer to his relatives, including his father, siblings, children and grandchildren. The Board of Regents is giving him more flexibility so he can travel to the East Coast see family more often, he told KCCR radio.

Warner has been in his current position since 2009. Before that he was commissioner of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education and vice chancellor of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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