The chairman of the Board of Regents for Higher Education met with the state's community college presidents Monday to offer them assurances that they are not being pushed out.
"I wanted to give them assurance that I still have faith in them and I hope over the next few weeks we can regain our stride," the chairman, Lewis J. Robinson Jr., said late Monday afternoon after a meeting of more than hour. "These people have been through a lot and I think it was appropriate to give them some assurance that their chairman is still behind them."
Meanwhile, fallout from last week's resignation of the top two higher education officials continued, with the top Republican in the legislature pressing his call for a hearing on the events that led to those departures.
Monday's meeting between the college presidents and Robinson was supposed to be with former regents' President Robert Kennedy, but after the stunning resignations of both Kennedy and regents Executive Vice President Michael P. Meotti on Friday, Robinson said that he was asked to attend.