Departed Higher-Ed Chief Gives Back $25,000

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Departed state Higher Education chief Robert Kennedy has sent back a $25,000 check to repay one of two payments he received in that amount from an unvouchered expense account he enjoyed as part of his lucrative contract – a deal that gave him more than $100,000 in extras beyond his annual base salary of $340,000 during the 13 months he was on the job,  such as bonuses and deferred compensation.

\"\"State Board of Regents spokeswoman Colleen Flanagan said in a Monday email that Kennedy, who resigned Oct. 12, had received the second $25,000 unvouchered expense payment in his Sept. 20 paycheck.  It was the second he had received since taking the job in Sept. 2011.

Flanagan said that Kennedy returned the money with this Oct. 15 note, which was headed \”returning business expense funds for 2012-2013\”: \”As a result of my employment termination, I am enclosing a personal check returning the \’business expense funds for 2012-2013\’ which were included in my 9/20/2012 paycheck as taxable income.\”

Kennedy resigned amid a political furor over the revelation that he had granted more than $250.000 worth of raises to his staff.

As reported by The Courant in recent days, the contract of the appointee of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called for lucrative extras beyond his base salary. The contract called for an annual unvouchered expense account of $25,000 – which he would receive whether or not he documented specific expenses, although he was responsible for \”any tax consequences\” resulting from it. Flanagan said last week that Kennedy received two of them for a total of $50,000 because he served in parts of two fiscal years; the state\’s fiscal year, for budget purposes, always begins July 1 and ends June 30.


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10 thoughts on “Departed Higher-Ed Chief Gives Back $25,000

    1. Paul

      My bet would be that he does indeed get a rather handsome pension for his dutiful service to the state of CT. Heck,I have no doubt that he will resurface somewhere in a state agency – they just recirculate them and never get rid of them.

  1. disgusted

    When is karma going to reach Malloy and his liberal corruption gravy train. All of these scumbags belong in prison.

    1. Herman from Hartford

      Seems like Mr. Lender keeps raising money for the state of CT.
      I am looking forward to seeing who Lender forces to quit next at State of CT and how much he can get back for the taxpayers.

      Everytime a Malloy appointee is in the paper they end up resigning and giving money back.

  2. Sharpshooter

    At least Kennedy proved that the appointment was, at best, a part-time position and probably not all that important…..Dan might want to review this whole Regents deal….

    1. Herman from Hartford

      How can you blame Kennedy when Malloy is just throwing money at everyone like a drunk. Its not Kennedy’s fault Malloy doesnt know what he is doing.

  3. disgusted_too

    let’s just keep on voting for the Dem’s and we’ll continue to get more of the same. Why this state continues to vote this way year after year is beyond me.

  4. Jack

    Where will Doctor Kennedy’s next gig be in the Educational Industrial Complex? Look at Kennedy’s resume on the Regents web site, this guy never stayed anywhere very long. I just hope he can make ends meet on five pensions.

  5. John

    Sharpshooter hit the nail on the head, if this job can be done from MN maybe the Board could be restructured in such a way that it doesn’t have to be done at all. Like lots of State jobs.

  6. Ed Miller Wallingford

    Gov. Weiker was correct when he said if one prty rules with a vast majority corruption is not far behind. It is coming true.

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