Opinion: Demand more transparency of University of Colorado

Daily Camera (Boulder): Following the controversial appointment of the University of Colorado’s new president, the Daily Camera filed a lawsuit against the university for the names of the other finalists. Despite President Mark Kennedy having been appointed to office on May 2, the names of the other candidates still remain a secret. The lawsuit is undoubtedly a step in the right direction; the student body and the Boulder community have a right to demand transparency and accountability of the Board of Regents and the presidential nominee.

Last year, after former president Bruce Benson stepped down, Kennedy’s appointment as his successor inspired a great controversy in the community and protests on campus. His views and previous actions as the president of the University of North Dakota came under scrutiny, and he came up lacking. His not signing the “Pomona letter,” which grants protection to DACA students, his views on the LGBTQ community, as well as his general lack of knowledge about his previous place of employment, made him an unfavorable choice. This situation was made worse by the fact that he was the only candidate presented to the public, and why, despite his seemingly ill-fitting candidacy to represent the CU Boulder community, he was the “chosen one” remained unclear. In spite of the protesting and disagreement, Kennedy was approved for office by a 5-4 vote, and the other candidates still remain nameless.

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