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Benson is CU’s Newest President

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Despite overwhelming rejection by students and staff of the University campuses, the heavily Republican Board of Regents elected Bruce Benson to the post yesterday by a vote of 6-3.

The Denver Post’s front page article sets up a bad frame for the whole affair.

From this morning’s paper:

Benson barrels by foes University of Colorado regents on Wednesday selected Bruce Benson as the school’s 22nd president, shelving concerns about his academic credentials and partisan background and instead funneling hope to his pledge to fix the school’s financial problems.

Barreled by foes … shelving concerns … funneling hope.  What?!  It sounds good as a word exercise, doesn’t it?  I’m not sure how barreling past foes translates to funneling hope in the span of a few meetings.  Benson’s entire time as President will continue under the same concerns as the past few weeks.  People won’t stop being concerned about his ability to do his job now that he’s got it.

For CU’s sake, I don’t hope Benson can “fix the school’s financial problems”, I now expect nothing less after this process.  If he can overcome overwhelming dissent to his assuming the duties of CU President, he had better be the 2nd greatest thing since sliced bread.

I even know where he can start: he can work for free.  Put your money where your mouth is, Bruce.  If the school is as strapped for funds as you say it is, I’m sure it could use your $385,000 base salary for some other purpose.  I would appreciate witnessing your dedication to the University’s plight.  After all, it’s not like you’re hurting for income.

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