Culture contrast: It’s NOT normal to hire former politicians as college or university leaders in Connecticut

From the April 18 piece by Hartford Courant columnist Kevin Rennie:

There’s been some confusion at Quinebaug Valley Community College, in the Danielson section of rural Killingly. Like every community college, the school’s curriculum includes many job training programs. The problem here is that state Senate leader Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, mistook the presidency of the college for a job training program.

That can be the only explanation for the CT Mirror’s revelation that Williams has applied to become the college’s president. Perhaps his application fell in with the 87 others who meant to apply for the job as part of an extensive, professional search.

Williams announced at the start of this year’s legislative session that he will not seek a 12th term representing the district that includes college’s main campus.

Rennie is a former state legislator himself, and sort of a de facto member of the Cottle family.  This column just cracked me up – because I live in Florida, where this sort of thing is routine.

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