University of Colorado names president

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Despite pushback from students and some faculty, the Colorado University Board of Regents named Mark Kennedy as president.

Kennedy, 62, the only finalist named by regents in April, met opposition based on his sponsorship of bills banning same-sex marriage, along with his opposition to government funding of stem cell research, desire to restrict abortion rights and support to remove environmental protections for endangered species while serving as a Republican congressman from Minnesota, the Colorado Independent reported.

Kennedy now says his views on same-sex marriage have “evolved,” according to news reports.

The vote was 5-4 for the former University of North Dakota president, who succeeds Bruce Benson, who’s retiring after 11 years as president.

Kennedy’s base pay will be $650,000, with an increase to $850,000 in June 2020, The Denver Post reported. His contract expires in June 2022.

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