University of Colorado Presidential Search Narrows to 10 Candidates

March 8, 2019
University of Colorado President Bruce Benson will retire in July. The search committee charged with finding his replacement has narrowed the field of candidates to 10 and intends to make a final recommendation in April.

The committee tasked with searching for a new University of Colorado president has narrowed its selection down to 10 candidates and intends to make a final recommendation in April.

President Bruce Benson, the longest-serving CU president in 60 years, will retire in July.

In a letter to the University of Colorado Board of Regents, presidential search committee co-chairs Regents Heidi Ganahl, R-at large, and Irene Griego, D-Lakewood, said that at a meeting last week the committee chose 10 people to interview before making final recommendation to the board, which is responsible for hiring a president.

“With the help of the Presidential Search Committee and our search firm, Wheless Partners , we have identified a strong pool of candidates of diverse personal and professional backgrounds,” the letter reads.

The committee also met with the board to discuss the 10 candidates, and “the board enthusiastically endorsed the committee’s recommendations,” the letter reads.

Ganahl and Griego said the committee intends to interview candidates later this month. The regents expect to interview up to five finalists in April.

The committee also intends to “honor the candidates’ confidentiality” and not release the names of finalists at this time.

While the board must publicly name the finalists for two weeks before appointing a president, the past four searches have resulted in a sole finalist, raising concerns about transparency .

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com