HARTFORD, Conn. — The former president of the University of Maine has been nominated to lead the board that will manage Connecticut’s four regional state universities and 12 community colleges.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today named Robert Kennedy as his choice for president of the newly formed Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.

The regents’ board eventually will replace the trustee boards that oversee the community colleges, the online Charter Oak State College and the board governing Eastern, Western, Central and Southern Connecticut state universities.

Kennedy arrived at UMaine in 2000, and was executive vice president and provost until 2004. He was named interim president that year when Peter Hoff resigned. Kennedy was named president in 2005, and served in that position until June 30 of this year.

Kennedy’s appointment is technically on an interim basis until the regents’ board and General Assembly approve him as Malloy’s choice. His salary will be $340,000 annually.