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University of Colorado names Mark R. Kennedy as presidential finalist

April 10, 2019

The University of Colorado Board of Regents has named Mark R. Kennedy as the finalist for president of the university system. Kennedy is scheduled to visit CU Denver on April 25, time and location to be determined.

Kennedy is a seasoned leader with a diverse set of skills and experiences in higher education, government and business. He has excelled in leadership roles in large, complex organizations.

Kennedy, 61, is president of the University of North Dakota and previously served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (Minnesota) from 2001 to 2007. Before joining Congress, he had a successful business career in leadership positions with some of America’s leading companies, including those that became Macy’s and General Mills. His academic career before UND includes teaching and research at some of the top universities in the United States and internationally. He also directed the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.

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The Board of Regents was unanimous in its recommendation to name Kennedy as a finalist to replace Bruce D. Benson, who announced in the summer that he would retire from CU after 11 years at the helm. Under Colorado law, a finalist for the position must be publicly named for at least two weeks before being named president.

Kennedy is scheduled to visit each of CU’s four campuses the week of April 22 to meet faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. Look for more details soon regarding his CU Denver April 25 visit.