DR. CARTER, HAVING WORN OUT HIS WELCOME IN THE CSUS, PAYS ETHICS FINE

Retired Connecticut State University System (CSUS) David Carter has had to pony up $2,000 for a civil penalty because he didn’t tell trustees that his wife had been reappointed to a CSUS gig. The system had a hiring freeze at the time. Carter reportedly claimed he didn’t know he had to tell the board about the reappointment.

The “Gee, I didn’t know” response is just another problem with Carter who retired from his post March 1st. In one of the more egregious incidents, Carter and the trustees relied on a personnel policy that turned out to be illegal when they forced Southern Connecticut State University President Cheryl Norton out of her job last year. The result was that the state has been paying two presidential salaries at Southern — one for Norton and the other for interim President Stanley Battle.

The Hartford Business Journal reports Carter agreed to the consent order from the Office of State Ethics that declared he failed to inform the CSUS board of trustees about the conflict of interest involving wife Sandra Holley, a retired dean of graduate studies at Southern.

In June 2009, Holley retired. But then Carter’s office approved rehiring her as a temporary, retiree appointment. She no longer has the post, the HBJ reports.  Neither the CSUS, nor the Office of State Ethics was notified of the conflict, a breach of state law.

Fortunately, Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed restructuring the CSUS.