University of Colorado names Todd Saliman sole runner-up for president
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The University of Colorado System Regents have selected Todd Saliman as the sole finalist in their search to find the next president of the four-campus CU System.
The board voted unanimously after about 10 minutes of deliberation to name Saliman the sole finalist from an original field of 39 nominees. Saliman was the system’s chief financial officer and was named interim president of CU System in June.
“Mr. Saliman has demonstrated an ability to work well with the board and bridge the gap between elected officials and the wider university community,” Regent Sue Sharkey said.
Supporters praised Saliman, 55, for his ability to work with different constituencies and his knowledge of the university system, but even before the announcement, Latino advocacy organizations raised concerns about the process. Saliman’s insider status could be both an asset and a liability as he seeks to rally support and move the university forward.
Over the next two weeks, Saliman will visit each campus and the system office to answer questions in open forums. He will also meet with school staff and management. Members of the CU community will have an opportunity to provide feedback, according to the letter. The council will elect a president the last week of this month.
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