Amid controversy, CU to vote on president |

Amid controversy, CU to vote on president

DENVER, Colorado ” The University of Colorado regents are a few hours away from voting on whether to appoint Bruce Benson as president of the CU System.

The oilman and former Republican fundraiser was named the sole finalist by a search committee.

Critics have raised concerns over his background as a Republican activist and his career in the energy industry. They also point to his lack of an advanced degree.

Benson says he can help CU overcome a funding crisis. He chaired a $1 billion fundraising campaign for the school and successfully lobbied for a referendum giving universities more money.

Faculty at the flagship Boulder campus voted down a resolution supporting Benson. Student government passed a resolution asking him to withdraw.

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