University of Colorado system chief financial officer Todd Saliman will be UC’s interim chairman from July, the board of regents voted on today, taking over from President Mark Kennedy as the board is conducting its second national search since 2019 for a leader of the four campuses. system.
The nine-member board voted to nominate Saliman just after noon today in a virtual meeting.
“Todd is a valued and respected member of the college community who has a good understanding of the issues he faces,” Board Chairman Glen Gallegos said in a statement.
Saliman has worked for UC since 2011 and was previously director of the state budget for Gov. Bill Ritter and an adviser at the start of John Hickenlooper’s tenure as governor. He was a member of the state legislature for eight years, from 1995 to 2002, and was the owner of a lobbying firm.
“I look forward to continuing to work with the Board of Directors and my colleagues in UC System Administration and on our campuses to ensure UC continues to advance its mission of serving our students. and the state, ”Saliman said in a statement.
Kennedy leaves on July 1 under a $ 1.3 million deal approved by the Board of Regents in May, a year before his three-year contract expired.
Kennedy’s departure was the culmination of a tumultuous two-year tenure, including going through a pandemic, budget cuts and declining enrollments. Kennedy has been criticized by UC students, faculty, and staff for some of his comments, actions, and policies, and has received votes of censure and criticism from system governance groups and UC. Boulder for lack of shared governance and failure of leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion.
Kennedy declined interviews regarding his departure, but in public statements he referred to the changing political makeup of the Board of Regents. The council moved from Republican control to Democratic control in January for the first time in more than 40 years.
This is a developing story and will be updated.