Bruce Benson Begins Job as CU President

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Boulder, Colo. (AP) Newly-elected University of Colorado President Bruce Benson is set to take office to replace the outgoing Hank Brown.

The former Republican state fundraiser and oilman begins his first day at the university Monday.

CU Regents elected the 69-year-old last month in a split, party-line vote. Benson was criticized by faculty and staff for his ties to the energy industry, his partisan activism and for not having an advanced college degree.

Supporters say Benson will boost fundraising for the university.

Benson will earn the same $378,000 annual salary as his predecessor, plus as $49,500 housing allowance. Brown's last day was Friday.

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