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As Colorado State University prepares to hire a top executive at the school, expanding its administration significantly, it appears University of Colorado President Bruce Benson is taking the state's leading research university in the other direction, eliminating 54 administrative offices and slashing executive pay to cut a total of $6.2 million from the university's $39 million operating budget.
Responding to news of the veiled chancellor search being conducted by Colorado State University, House Majority Leader Paul Weissmann and Senate Majority Leader Brandon Shaffer introduced legislation yesterday demanding greater transparency in the way the state's public universities select leaders.
The shrouded process by which Colorado State University is searching for its first-ever system chancellor offers a striking contrast to the public disclosure by the University of Idaho in its recruitment of a new campus chief. Ironically, ex-CSU president Larry Penley figures prominently in both stories.
Rocked by the former president's high-stakes budget shifting, Colorado State University is gambling once again that upping administration costs will bolster its future. The controversial search for the land grant university's first chancellor comes amid faculty and staff layoffs, a looming multi-million budget shortfall and another round of expected state tuition hikes. But what good does a high-level executive ensconced in a Denver office bring to thousands of middle class students and dwindling ranks of tenured faculty at the Fort Collins and Pueblo campuses?
Investigation of the veiled process by which Colorado State University decided to hire its first system-wide chancellor to lobby lawmakers and "attend cocktail parties" leads to a nondescript administrative division housed in Denver.
Could former Colorado State University President Larry Penley become a Vandal? Some say he has already shown his skills as a pillager, and they are demanding his name be removed from a dwindling list of finalists for the top job at the University of Idaho.
Disgraced former Colorado State University President and Chancellor Larry Penley is now among three finalists seeking to become the next president of the University of Idaho, according to the blog 43rd State Blues.com.
The day the announcement went out that Colorado State University (CSU) President Larry Penley was unexpectedly stepping down in the middle of the semester, retiring U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard telephoned Doug Jones, the president of the college’s Board of Governors, to express his sorrow. Allard, according to board spokeswoman Michele McKinney, also added that he was interested in the job. The media got wind of it, and the rumor mill’s been ratcheted up ever since.