CU President Bruce Benson has announced that he will retire in 2019, which means the next Board of Regents will choose his replacement. The President is the Board’s only direct hire, and is responsible for hiring the four campus chancellors and overseeing the University’s operations.
During my time on Boulder Valley School Board, I hired two school district superintendents, a process somewhat similar to hiring a new University President. If elected to the Board, I would be the only Regent with faculty experience, a crucial perspective when considering who to hire as CU’s next President.
CU’s next President should be a visionary leader who can collaborate with the University's diverse stakeholders and be an effective advocate for public and private funding for CU. In my view, competitive candidates would have significant experience in Colorado, in order to understand our unique funding challenges, as well as significant experience working in systems of higher education.