One of three candidates for president of Board of Regents for Higher Education has withdrawn his name from consideration. Jack Warner of South Dakota has notified officials he is no longer interested in the job.
The Argus Leader in South Dakota today reported that Warner has said he intends to remain in South Dakota. An Associated Press report says Warner was offered the Connecticut job and turned it down.
The board of regents, last month decided not to pick from among its three finalists and instead send all three names to Gov. Dannel Malloy even though legislation was in the works to give them the final say in the system’s next leader. That legislation was approved and signed by the governor last week.
“This is an open, ongoing process,” said Colleen Flanagan, a spokesman for the board.
The other two are Gregory Gray, chancellor of the Riverside Community College District in California, and Jay Kahn, the interim president of Keene State College in New Hampshire.
The board’s first president, Robert Kennedy, left in disgrace last fall after it was discovered he handed out nearly $300,000 in raises without board approval.