Hank Brown resigns CU presidency

The Denver Business Journal – January 18, 2007

Hank Brown on Thursday announced his resignation as president of the University of Colorado.

Brown, who took over leadership of the university in June 2005 as its 21st president, said he will leave the post in February 2008 to give the board of regents a year to find his replacement. In tendering his resignation, Brown said he has accomplished what he set out to do. Brown was brought in as president, initially on a temporary basis and then hired to the position permanently, after a series of scandals erupted involving the CU athletic department.

Brown, a lawyer and a C.P.A., earned his degrees from the University of Colorado.

Before taking over the job at CU, he was president of the University of Northern Colorado and president and CEO of the Daniels Fund.

Brown previously served in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I am sorry to see Hank Brown go,” Colorado Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, D-Coal Creek Canyon, said in a statement. “I understand the time commitment it takes and that he did say that this was not going to be a long career at CU.”

The board of regents said an announcement would be coming in the next few weeks about replacing Brown.

“Colorado owes him a debt of gratitude for providing strong leadership at a very challenging time for the University of Colorado,” Gov. Bill Ritter said. “Under his dedicated guidance, the university has made important gains, and he has paved the way for ongoing progress.”