UMass criticized for discarding public records during search for new president


AMHERST — The attorney general has expressed concern over the revelation that the University of Massachusetts discarded records from its closed-door search for a new president, prompting scrutiny by the Bay State's top prosecutor for the second time since August, when UMass was ordered to release full and accurate records.

UMass spokesman Robert P. Connolly on Thursday acknowledged that a secretary threw out meeting notes related to the search process that ultimately led to the hiring of Robert L. Caret, who took over as president of the five-school, 69,000-student public university system in July.