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C.U. president to step down in ’08

Mark Leffingwell, AP Photo/The Daily CameraUniversity of Colorado President Hank Brown announces he is resigning from his post effective February 2008 during a university Regents meeting at the CU Boulder Campus on Thursday.

DENVER – University of Colorado President Hank Brown announced Thursday he plans to step down early next year, saying he had accomplished most of his goals to help the school beset by scandals and criticism.

When Brown, a former U.S. senator, took charge of the university in August 2005, the school had endured a sexual assault scandal in the football program and a professor was fiercely criticized for likening some victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to a Nazi bureaucrat.

The school’s independent fundraising arm was criticized for not opening its books and had been accused of skirting state spending rules.

“I hope we have made a change in the university’s climate with regard to openness and transparency, and put in place a new culture that is open, and a commitment to understanding the public’s business is done in public,” Brown said.

State lawmakers praised Brown’s work at the university and said they would be sorry to see him go when he steps down Feb. 1, 2008.

“He came in at literally a time of crisis for the university. He was truly the right person at the right time,” said House Majority Leader Alice Madden, D-Boulder.

Brown served in the Senate from 1991 to 1997 and was elected to five terms in the House before that.

He was president of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley from 1998 to 2002.

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