NEW HAVEN — A committee has been named to select the next president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education.
The board, meeting at Southern Connecticut State University on Thursday, authorized Lew Robinson, its chairman, to select a search committee to replace Robert Kennedy, who resigned last month after it was discovered he gave out unauthorized raises to his top staff.
The search committee, which Robinson will chair, will include: Michael Fraser; Richard Balducci; Rene Lerer; Matt Fleury; Nick Donofrio; Naomi Cohen; Yvette Melendez and Merle Harris. All are members of the board.
Robinson will also, at a future date, name a Advisory Committee made up of faculty, administrators, students, staff and others from the board’s 17 campuses, including four state universities, 12 community colleges, and Charter Oak online degree program.
The search became necessary after Kennedy, on the job a year, handed out raises totalling more than $260,000 to 20 staffers including Michael Meotti, vice president of the system. Meotti, who got, then turned back the largest raise — $47,280 — also resigned. The board subsequently named Philip Austin, a retired University of Connecticut president, to be interim regent’s president during the search, which could last six months.