University Of Colorado president will step down

University of Colorado President Mark Kennedy is leaving after just two years on the job.

Kennedy and the university’s Board of Regents announced that they were entering into discussions “regarding an orderly transition of the presidency in the coming months.”

“The Board of Regents has a new makeup this year, which has led to changes in its focus and philosophy,” Kennedy wrote in an email to university supporters. CU, he said, “is on an upward trajectory and I have every confidence it will continue to meet its mission and serve its students and the state.”

The announcement follows a censure of Kennedy by the university’s Boulder faculty among signs that Kennedy was on increasingly shaky ground with a Board of Regents that had flipped to Democratic control in the 2020 election. The three wins by Democrats in 2020 marked the first time Democrats have controlled the nine-member board governing the CU system in 41 years.

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