University of Colorado regents want investigation into presidential search leak

The Gazette (Colorado Springs): Four Republican University of Colorado regents are none too happy that a list of potential candidates for university president is apparently in the hands of the media.

The search was supposed to be top-secret to protect the identity of job candidates, and ultimately only one finalist emerged: Mark Kennedy, the University of North Dakota president to replace Bruce Benson, who retired in July.

The pick stirred controversy because of Kennedy’s conservative record, given the liberal reputation of CU’s Boulder campus. Kennedy is a former Republican congressman. Benson also was a Republican leader, who sometimes clashed with the student body and left-leaning alumni. Protests ensued when his hire was announced in May.

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