While he was prepared to help out with the transition, Michael Meotti, executive vice president of the Board of Regents, became the second casualty of the raise scandal.
Meotti wrote to the interim President Philip Austin and told him that, while he would be happy to assist in a brief transition period, he has chosen to leave the office because “he did not want to be a distraction to the important change agenda across our seventeen colleges and universities.”
At least one lawmaker had called on Meotti, a former state Senator, to resign, but his resignation didn’t seem imminent earlier in the day.
Earlier in the week it was reported Meotti received a $47,820 raise. Meotti decided to forego the raise and has promised to pay back the portion he had already received.
“Mike’s decision to leave the Board of Regents is one that, while unfortunate because of his years of higher education and public policy experience, will help us move forward from the events of the past few days to focus on the critical issues at hand – moving an aggressive change agenda to ensure the success and the support of our students,” Board of Regents Chairman Lewis Robinson and Austin said in a statement.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy who has known Meotti since they were children praised his “long, distinguished career in public service.”
“During his time at the Board, Mike worked hard to help Connecticut meet that obligation and I want to thank him for his service,” Malloy said.
“It’s my hope that with the resignations announced today, the Board can take the time it needs to figure out what went wrong, why it went wrong, and what needs to be done to make sure nothing like this happens again,” Malloy said. “The implementation of the reforms I proposed, the legislature passed and I signed into law last year need to continue. I also hope these announcements will allow the distractions to end so that we can all refocus our attention where it belongs: on the students.”