Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6648

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE BOARD OF REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION.

Vote Date:

3/19/2013

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/19/2013

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Higher Education Committee and the Board of Regents for Higher Education

REASONS FOR BILL:

The bill allows the President of the Board of Regents to serve at the pleasure of the Board; therefore, allowing for more autonomy and de-politicizing the position.

SUBSTITUTE LANGUAGE:

The substitute language eliminates the specification that the president's term of office be coterminous with the Governor's term.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Phillip E. Austin, Ph. D., Interim President, Board of Regents for Higher Education:

Submitted testimony and spoke in support of the bill; arguing that the term of the President of Board of Regents should no longer be coterminous with the Governor's term. By passing the bill, he argues that the elected president would be “a strong, long-term leader at the helm of our colleges and universities”. In addition, Dr. Austin argues, it would de-politicize the post allowing for “long-term stability, strength and growth of the system”. Dr. Austin also updated the Committee about the search process for a new President of the Board of Regents.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

None Expressed

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Expressed

Reported by: Todd M Szabo, Assistant Clerk

Jeanie B. Phillips, Clerk

Date: March 21, 2013