Comments for: Former UMaine president returns $25,000 to Connecticut board after resigning amid furor

Posted Oct. 23, 2012, at 7:59 a.m.

Former state Higher Education chief Robert Kennedy, who resigned Oct. 12 amid controversy, has returned one of two $25,000 payments he received from an “unvouchered” expense account, the Board of Regents for Higher Education announced Monday. The announcement came as Kennedy’s lucrative state contract, negotiated with the office of Gov. …

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  • Anonymous

    $25000 is enough to cover the cost of three people’s tuition for a year.  Why is a State University handing out that kind of dough to some stuffed suit?  This guy needs to go retire.

    • Anonymous

      I’m curious to see where he ends up next…perhaps back in Minnesota? 

      • Hopefully, not back in Maine. We don’t need any more Baldacci pals on the public payroll.

    • Anonymous

      Completely retire, this time.

  • Anonymous

    The UME System has done similar things in the past, as with the huge golden parachute to outgoing Chancellor Joe Westphal after he proved to be a disaster and was pushed to depart. But the press didn’t cover that because the powers that be helped him get hired–though the local paper did far more to get Bob Kennedy hired in 2004/2005 despite his public agreement not to be a candidate for the “permanent” position. Gov. Baldacci and other powerful folks undermined the official search com. and demanded that Bob be hired. The citizens of CT are seeing what kind of leader he is. The taxpayers of Maine will never know the kinds of financial shenanigans he pulled here because the press and Bob’s now silent supporters allowed him to operate similarly here. 

    •  Thank you for the additional details. What a nice, cushy life it must be, dipping his hand in the public till with the “entitlement” attitude. I’m glad he got tossed out in CT. Doubtless, like other Baldacci pals, he’ll find another cushy perch on the public payroll.

  • Anonymous

    Most of the financial ‘shananigans’ perpetrated by Kennedy while at Maine where orchestrated by Elaine Clark…..who dutifully followed him to Connecticut before being outed for misguiding of the Memorial Gym/Fieldhouse bond money…making people think it was for the Gym, while all along knowing it was primarily for Safety, HVAC and ADA issues associated with the Fieldhouse.

    • Anonymous

      Utterly untrue. Clark came well after Kennedy was President and, when hired, was subordinate to VP-Finance Janet Waldron. The real question is why the Bangor Daily News refused to cover any of Kennedy’s shenanigans in his years as President while the CT Press did so as soon as something was known. Recall that the Portland paper covered longtime USM Pres. Pattenaude and his successor Selma Botman’s payments to favored assistants over the years. We’ll never know what happened at Orono. 

      • Anonymous

        Not putting all the blame on Clark, as Kennedy was the President. I think you will find that Clark soon left Waldron’s office and reported directly to the President the last 3 or 4 years on campus.

        • Anonymous

          I do know that Clark indeed reported directly to Kennedy in her last years at UMaine. I do know from persons in Facilities Management that, unlike her predecessors, she didn’t spend much time in her office there and rarely saw her top subordinates.  In any case, whatever she may have done wrong she didn’t do without Kennedy’s approval. Kennedy was micromanaging until his final days in office and as late as two weeks before he left office vetoed an appointment in one of the depts. in the College of Liberal Arts for a half-time instructor desperately needed by that unit to replace someone who, having died, was typically not replaced by Kennedy. He took away as well as rewarded as he saw fit. And his Board of Visitors, not least his dear friend Miles Theeman, should know be coming to Kennedy’s defense. 

  • Anonymous

    Go Maine! Chancellors are some of the highest paid people in the State.

    • Anonymous

      Have any of them hired their daughters?

      • Anonymous

         The $41,00 paid, fairly or not, to LePage’s daughter is probably what the UME System pays in a week for travel for its top administrators. We’re still waiting to see the results of tens of thousands spent to recruit foreign students for any/all of the seven campuses. Several Maine private schools have recruited many foreign students for a pittance of what the System has expended. Hope that former USM Pres. Selma Botman is enjoying her $203000 for this endeavor.

        • In addition, the job held by LePage’s daughter isn’t new. Baldacci’s team had the same positions, for the same money. The “outrage” from the left over the job is bogus.

  • Anonymous

    I want that job.

  • Anonymous

    Why is this crook smiling?

    • The photo was taken at his UME retirement party. He was thinking about the millions he already had in the bank, and knew he was about to launch his second, lucrative publicly-funded “job” raking in millions more.

  • Anonymous

    Whatever may or may not be said, in, no particular way, to just read that any of this is going on,
    in our perceived Higher Education leadership, that hires educational leadership, it is in my mind, a far deeper question, as to what, they, might have seen, in this Bob Kennedy, to offer those kinds of perks.
    Is it a fair question, that, might the tuition payers, government supporters, donors, begin to ask, as to what these, halloween party qualified, cast of characters are doing directing higher education??

  • Anonymous

    This is why Higher Education has become so expensive. Young adults are graduating with staggering debt that paid for a bloated, overpaid educational hierachy.

  • How many more, Mr. Speaker?

    If anybody wonders why higher education is so expensive these days, review this story, and then figure how many thousands more are riding the public gravy-train.

    Baldacci’s pals are all over the country, raking in similar big money for doing nothing much. Political cronyism is still alive and well.

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