The Board of Regents of the University of Colorado (CU) recently named Mark Kennedy as the university’s 23rd president, effective July 2019.
Kennedy is currently president of the University of North Dakota and he is a former congressman from Minnesota. He will replace outgoing CU president Bruce D. Benson, who will retire in June.
“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,” Kennedy 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 CU Board of Regents said they were impressed with Kennedy’s “forward-facing vision” for the university and his “recognition that higher education needs to adapt if it is going to meet the needs of our citizens,” according to board chair Sue Sharkey.
Kennedy will lead CU’s university system that includes four campuses and a $4.5 billion annual budget, officials said.