HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a bill into law allowing Connecticut's Board of Regents for Higher Education, not himself, to choose the board's new president.
Malloy said in a written statement Monday the change will help the next leader "institute a long-term vision that increases stability and academic growth for students at the state's colleges and universities."
State law required the board governing four state universities, 12 community colleges and online university to submit a recommendation for a new president to the governor for approval. The president's term would be served simultaneously with the governor's.
Philip Austin, the interim president, urged lawmakers to change the law, arguing it could hamper recruiting efforts. Also, he said the change would insulate the person from politics.
Three candidates are currently under consideration.
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