Sen. Fasano Statement on Board of Regents President Gray Resignation

August 14, 2015

Hartford – Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement in response to Board of Regents President Gregory Gray’s resignation announced today.

“The departure of President Gregory Gray is another sign of failure at the Board of Regents. President Kennedy failed. Michael Meotti failed. Now President Gray has failed. And our taxpayers, faculty and students have been failed as a result. Governor Malloy set the course for this board that has spun out of control. The history of the board speaks volumes. Prioritizing raises over the actual operation of colleges themselves is inexcusable. Yet we’ve seen abuse of funds repeat over and over again. Democrats have blocked efforts to dismantle the board. But enough is enough. The board has served as an extension of the governor’s office for far too long and has not properly served Connecticut students. Gray’s departure should not be taken lightly.

“I also question whether Gray truly resigned voluntarily. Is a separation agreement on the table? If so, why would that be needed if the resignation was voluntary? Usually separation agreements are done when one party is forcing another out. If the administration has already replaced him, as the timing may suggest, they should just tell us. The real problem is this board is not effective. It’s time lawmakers come together to recognize that clear fact.”