Gregory W. Gray, a search committee’s pick to be the next president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, said Friday in a phone interview that he will be a different type of leader than his predecessor, Robert Kennedy.
Kennedy left last fall after it was revealed he gave out nearly $300,000 in raises to staff without board approval. His benefits package, which included a six-week paid professional leave, use of a car, an annual performance bonus of up to $25,000, deferred compensation of $20,000 for each year of service, and an annual unvouchered accommodation account of $25,000.
“Integrity and trust are my number one priorities,” said Gray, who heads up the Riverside Community College District in California.
His compensation includes a $380,000 annual salary, use of a state vehicle and a relocation allowance, but no paid sabbatical.
Gray, who is a Pennsylvania native, called Connecticut a wonderful place to work. He said what attracted him to the position was the opportunity to help mold a new system which includes not only community colleges and state universities, but Charter Oak, an online degree program. “You can’t leave them out, he said, adding he is excited to work with all of them.
The full Board of Regents is expected to act on the recommendation when it meets on May 16. Gray said he will be there. It is expected he will start the job July 1.
Gray was one of three finalists and was not the first pick of the search committee. Jack Warner, a candidate from South Dakota, turned down the job earlier this week.