CU Board of Regents face criticism for presidential search process following Mark Kennedy’s nomination

Daily Camera (Boulder): The University of Colorado system Board of Regents is under fire not only for its choice of presidential candidate, but for the process that led to his nomination.

University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy, the sole finalist for CU system president, has faced criticism for his conservative congressional voting record, circuitous answers to students’ and faculty’s questions, and controversial legacy in higher education. He would replace outgoing President Bruce Benson, who is retiring in July.

At the same time, some faculty, students and alumni are calling out the process that led to his nomination without public disclosure of any other finalists.

The CU system and its Board of Regents have said that naming a sole finalist in a presidential search is not unusual and the best way to get the best candidates.

But one researcher disagrees, saying that despite this being a growing trend, it’s still not “common” for searches to result in a final candidate.

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