Opinion: CU Regents right to fight open records ruling on presidential candidates

The Denver Post: Coloradans want and need the very best in leadership for the state’s flagship university. Serving as president of the University of Colorado system of four campuses, nearly 70,000 students, 30,000+ employees, an almost $5 billion annual budget is a huge job. Selecting that person is a significant responsibility, one the Colorado Constitution vested in the university’s governing body, the nine-member Board of Regents, which is elected by the people of Colorado.

I served as a regent for 12 years and chaired the search committees that brought both Hank Brown and Bruce Benson to the CU presidency. Doing so gave me unique insight into the process.

The board recently voted 5-4 along party lines to appeal a lawsuit the university lost in a case filed by the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper. It contends the regents violated Colorado’s open records laws by not disclosing the names of six candidates the board interviewed before naming Mark Kennedy sole finalist.

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