CU Regents Vote 5-4 to name Mark Kennedy CU President

The University of Colorado Board of Regents today named Mark Kennedy as the institution’s 23rd president.

Kennedy, 62, said he is “honored and humbled” by the appointment.

“CU is one of the world’s great universities, built on a solid foundation, and it is poised to reach even greater heights. I am truly excited about the opportunity ahead,” he said. “I am committed to furthering CU’s standing as a leader in academic, medical and research excellence, and as a key contributor to the economy, health and culture of Colorado, the nation and world.”

The board voted 5-4 to confirm Kennedy, along party lines. He will replace Bruce D. Benson, who is retiring from CU in June after more than 11 years as president. Board Chair Sue Sharkey said Kennedy’s unique set of skills make him ideal for the job. He is president of the University of North Dakota and previously served as a U.S. congressman from Minnesota. Before that, he held leadership positions in some of the country’s largest corporations, including what are now Macy’s and General Foods.

Kennedy will assume the presidency in July. He will lead a university system with four campuses, some 67,000 students, 35,000 employees and a $4.5 billion annual budget.

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