April 10, 2019
Dear Members of the University of Colorado Community,
My colleagues on the CU Board of Regents and I are pleased to share that today we unanimously recommended Mark R. Kennedy as finalist for the presidency of the University of Colorado. Kennedy is a seasoned leader with a diverse set of skills and experiences in higher education, government and business. He has excelled in leadership roles in large, complex organizations. We believe he is the right person to build on the success CU has achieved in recent years.
He is scheduled to visit all four of our campuses the week of April 22. You will hear more details about those visits soon. The Board of Regents will welcome your feedback from the visits and about him generally. You can find his full resume here.
Kennedy is president of the University of North Dakota. Before that, he served as director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. He has been a teacher and researcher who has taught at some of the leading institutions nationally and internationally. His academic career has followed an increasingly upward trajectory that makes him ideally suited for our university. He has a strong commitment to diversity and to academic freedom.
Before academia, Kennedy served in the United States Congress as a member of the House of Representatives from Minnesota from 2001-07. In Congress, he had a reputation for working across the aisle, leading bills with 20 members of the opposing party and authoring bills that more than half of the other party co-sponsored.
Before his service in Congress, he had a distinguished business career that included leadership roles at some of America’s largest and most respected companies. He was director of finance at The Pillsbury Company (now General Mills) and senior vice president and treasurer at Federated Department Stores, Inc. (now Macy’s).
We believe his success in these three fields make him uniquely qualified to lead our university. He has a solid track record in leadership roles in large organizations and a deep appreciation for academia. Kennedy also has considerable international experience and has been active in public life.
We’re pleased to forward a great candidate to you. The Board of Regents would like to thank the Presidential Search Committee for its work in bringing us a deep pool of accomplished, diverse candidates. We look forward to your feedback from the campus and system administration open forums.
We are excited for the next chapter in the University of Colorado’s history. Your work has helped position us well for the future, and we believe Mark Kennedy will be a great leader to guide us on our journey.
Sue Sharkey, Chair
Jack Kroll, Vice Chair
University of Colorado Board of Regents