With the congressional closure of the Fitzsimons army medical base in 1995. The City of Aurora Colorado officials created a special purpose entity to provide for economic redevelopment, management and maintenance of the 578 acres being transferred from the Federal government. In 1997 the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority (FRA) partnered with the University of Colorado hospital to develop 234 acres into a research medical campus. Directly west of the 234 acres the FRA retained full uncontested control of 184 acres of land nominating itself as the master developer and manager for the entire 184 acre redevelopment for the full economic long term, benefiting the city of Aurora.
Initially the board of directors for the Fitzsimons campus were local Aurora City political figures. Headed by then mayor Ed Tauer. There was no outside consultation sought or even considered. With the newly organized FRA receiving a free 578 acre parcel of land soon joint ventured with the University of Colorado who was seeking to expand from its current land locked Colorado Boulevard location. The City of Aurora then immediately proceeded to rezone all of the perimeter land surrounding the newly acquired Federal decommissioned army base.
There was no public vote, or competitive alternatives considered. All perimeter land was rezoned to the benefit of the city of Aurora. Existing motels, gas stations, trailer parks, industrial buildings, auto repair shops, liquor stores all vertical structures were subject to the coerced rezoning. No building permit of any type, would be issued from the city of Aurora for existing renovations or new construction with out city use approval. City approval was grudgingly withheld unless the new use was compatible with the Fitzsimons rezoning. This adversely affected millions of dollars in local business, however this was expendable, as a new tenant was coming into the area. The University of Colorado hospital and its affiliates wanted or not.
There were no experts of any type on the initial Fitzsimons redevelopment board. There was no outside consultation sought for a review of any future plans. There was no independent consultation sought or considered. There was no supporting documentation, fact finding local neighborhood impact, traffic analysis, infrastructure impact, alternative land use planning by any outside vendor or independent party for a multi billion dollar project that did not receive voter approval. If fact soon after the fitzsimons rezoning, existing local business started receiving physical on site visits from Aurora neighborhood services enforcement division. Posting red notices for violations and issuing monetary fines. What the minority and poor residents were witnessing was local Aurora governments coercive power physically enforcing new arbitrary neighborhood rules. With little or no education, few physical possessions, all monetary possessions contained in one pocket, broken transportation, almost all the displaced residents limped out of town on a bicycle with a backpack or a lucky few, received a bus ticket from a compassionate relative. Uneducated residents offered no resistance and quickly vacated the Fitzsimons redevelopment zone. Quickly all the existing structures on the perimeter of the Fitzsimons campus was demolished, completely leveled to the ground. Every conceivable vertical structure would require Aurora city use approval and expensive new financing.
With the uncontested FRA flawed vision of selecting the University of Colorado as a partner in 1997 development began with 234 acres on a second land locked development site. Completely surrounded by a depressed existing residential neighborhoods. A billion dollar highway was being constructed a few miles to the east with tens of thousands of acres of raw undeveloped inexpensive land was available, however this was not even considered by the FRA. A pipe dream with out any supporting facts, supporting documentation, outside consultation or analysis, any type or pertinent expertise or financial considerations.
Over the last 20 years the Fitzsimons redevelopment authority has had a revolving door on their board of directors. The total focus has been on land development, increasing the Aurora city taxpayer base with the largest unplanned academic research campus in the rocky mountain area. Fitzsimons campus leadership has included: Aurora mayor Ed Tauer, Steve Hogan, Don Elliman, Lily Marks, Bruce Benson, William freytag PHD, John Shaw, Charles C. gates, Forest City, Denise Richie, Steve Van Nurden, David Perez, Linfield, and Melissa Miller
Over the last 20 years, two decades, all of these board members collectively have constructed two bioscience buildings, one relocated physicians building and several parking lots. Currently there is a brand new 115,000 sq. ft. building bioscience 3 building under construction at a cost of 55 million dollars. This new bioscience building will include; a 100 seat flexible auditorium, shared conference rooms, a small cafe with outdoor seating. In the future on the drawing board is co labbing space, and co worker shared rooms specifically designed for the biotechnology industry.
In the last 18 years the Fitzsimons campus has established over 70 bio science companies, 700 employees and consumed over 800 million dollars. Using the small minded thinking of Mayor Paul Tauer’s a university professor could teach a class in the morning, visit his patients, and then staying on site, walk over to a bio science research incubator staying completely isolated in a municipal environment. This was the entire comprehensive strategic analysis for a Rocky mountain bio science on site incubator. And this concept was bought hook, line and sinker by a gullible adjacent Colorado University, and a revolving door of mediocre FRA leadership. Not one leader could think past this archaic notion, even today 18 years later FRA director of business operations Vicki Jennings publicly emphasizes this embarrassing stupidity.
With two nationally ranked hospitals and a medical pharmacy CU chancellor Don Elliman believes there is an opportunity to grow commercial bioscience activity with the adopted CU mascot being the construction crane. Not one leader realizes the reality of a Bio science incubator. It can take 8-12 years and one billion dollars to get a single drug to commercial market. It costs 5-10 million dollars just to find a legitimate bioscience company that may even produce a viable commercial product. Ninety percent of these bio science companies fail to produce a commercial product. Only 3% of patents filed with the USPTO are even commercialized. These bioscience industry facts are completely irrelevant when your focus is to occupy buildings and build a city tax base. One of our greatest assets is raw land on the Fitzsimons campus adjacent to to the University of Colorado. This is the Fitzsimons campus structured presentation, to potential bioscience start up companies. A place to “hang your hat” and pay the rent. You hear no rhetoric about any requirements, market potential, preliminary studies, fact finding guidelines, proof of concept, or structured business plans. In fact researching for this article the Anschutz Medical Campus journalist research team noticed, one potential candidate had a single web page up on the internet and was a viable candidate for a $7,500 door prize offered by the local Colorado bio science community. Not surprisingly this is the low ball threshold requirements for “Bioscience tenants”.
As we review and benchmark competing biotech research centers nationwide. One such example is Virginia Tech. With a 50 million dollar gift from the Roanoke family trust.The entire 50 million dollar donation was earmarked for recruiting top notch biotech research scientists. Talent is the game changer. Not the continual construction of buildings as displayed by the Anschutz Medical Campus and Fitzsimons campus inept leadership.
The adjacent Anschutz Medical Campus core facilities are available bio science researchers, as the goal of Fitzsimons campus is to provide discovery stage research through clinical trials to hospital bedside therapy.Future construction on the Fitzsimons campus will include: apartments, retail, office space, hotels and more research buildings on the Fitzsimons campus. The Fitzsimons campus does not include: solar panels, net zero water, geothermal energy,or commercial storage batteries. The entire campus is problematic, and completely juxtaposed to what a student researcher could call home.The University of California Davis is a net zero university campus who received a 2.5 million dollar DOE funding grant. Supporting 3,000 students in 600 apartments and single family homes. Arizona State University has achieved net zero energy and net zero waste.Producing more energy than it consumes. These improvements were financed with green bonds. Which is why sustainability is touted as a core value of these universities. Neither the Anschutz Medical Campus or Fitzsimons Campus can tout sustainability as a core value of the university campus. A complete comprehensive failure of strategic planning. A piece meal approach that has adversely effected the surrounding community.
University of Colorado press releases state after 20 years of development the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Fitzsimons Campus has provided 4.5 billion dollars to the local economy and started over 70 bioscience companies. Consuming over 3 billion dollars in construction financing. These arbitrary figures have not been verified by any unbiased third party auditor, and are subject to debate.
A skilled workforce will supposedly come from the adjacent Colorado University Anschutz Medical Campus college campus, which is ranked number 27, on US News and Report for research and number 9, for primary care medical schools and number 31, in public health. Sixty percent of all students are admitted to the Anschutz Medical Campus which is a walled community encompassing a 578 acres redeveloped military base surrounded by preexisting residential neighborhoods. Potential new students are recruited by com-cam.org. Aurora high school graduation rates have increased from 65% to 70% aurorak12.org.
Approximately 17% of the Anschutz Medical Campus student population are international students from around the world. Out of state students pay substantially higher tuition rates and require a J-1 Visa to enter the United States. However with the first business minded president in office, Donald Trump the focus is on the United States bottom line….not any type of social issues. These international J-1 Visas are now under further scrutiny at all levels of the Federal government. J-1 visas are subject to tighter regulations as corporations have abused the program hiring less expensive foreign workers to replace higher paid American workers. After graduation J-1 visa applicants are required to file for a HIB visa to to eligible to be legally employed in the United States.In April 2018 president Trump signed an executive order asking Federal agencies for suggestions that HIB visas are awarded to the highest skilled beneficiaries. This should adversely effect the international enrollment at the Anschutz Medical Campus as their enrollment criteria is substantially lower than their medical campus research peers.
According to Biotechnology Innovation Organization(BIO) as of June 2018 the United States bioscience has surpassed 2 trillion dollars in economic impact. Employing 1.75 million workers and supporting over 8 million jobs through direct and indirect effects.Thirty eight states have employment specializing in one bio science sector.Two hundred and thirteen(213) US metropolitan areas have one bioscience specialization.Over 66 billion dollars in venture capitol has been invested in the bio science community from 2014 to 2017.Twenty billion VC dollars in 2017 alone was invested. There has been over 27,000 patents awarded in one year 2017. There is fierce world wide competition existing in the bioscience industry. Competing for human capitol, viable consumer products, physical infrastructure, financing, and supportive government policies.
Human talent is a key differentiator with no equal. Talent wars are common in the industry. Bioscience researchers require close proximity to several vital elements. Biotechnology top talent requires highly skilled experienced teams in a tacit environment to develop their initial research ideas. This is why the top talent flocks to certain existing areas to initiate and continue their bioscience research. Due to these facts only a few centers nationally have successfully established Biotechnology centers. The San Francisco bay area, Boston Cambridge, San Diego, Maryland, Washington DC, New Jersey Philadelphia and North Carolina.
Biotechnology research requires close ties to a top University. The University of California (UCSF) is the most selective school in the entire country. Requiring high GPA and MCAT scores. In 2017 8,000 students applied, 500 were interviewed and 145 were selected to become students. Less than .5% acceptance rate nationally. This is why UCSF is ranked number three for both research and primary care by US world world report. Two separate distinct top categories. US news report also ranked Johns Hopkins as the companion top two physician training centers nationally. With a consistent pipeline of ongoing top human talent secured first and foremost, USCF has then proceeded to be the worlds largest ongoing biomedical construction project. Buildings and infrastructure followed talent. Then USCF aligned with existing business, community input and national biotechnology companies. With a strategically integrated pipeline of talent, infrastructure, business community support. As the decade long trend continues, UCSF proceeds to remain in the top five, recipient of all NIH funds. Over 500 million dollars annually. Then of Course There is the local government support for stem cell research, coupled with biotechnology manufacturing facilities. A fully designed integrated roster of world class segments to produced targeted results. Better resources attracts better researchers which leads to better innovations. This brings in more revenue which buys more resources. A circular economy that feeds itself.
With UCSF being an anchor institution, and a proven business model Biotech incubators are rapidly expanding on the west coast. There is incubators in: UC Berkeley, Dog patch in San Francisco West Berkeley, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, San Diego, City of Hope Cal tech, El Segundo and Los Angeles. These industries have grown over 11% in just the last 5 years alone, contribute over 40 billion dollars in total economic output with over 700 research and lab companies.
By contrast, the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Fitzsimons Campus leadership has done the exact opposite of a proven biotechnology business model. Aligned with a mediocre or bottom tier Colorado University who accepts 60% of it students, and continues to focus on constructing expensive buildings in a land locked 578 acre business park. There is no national biotechnology companies in Colorado and no existing biotech manufacturing facilities. As for the future prospect of constructing a biotech manufacturing building on the barren 184 fitzsimons campus. The cost of the land is high, due to Aurora city mismanagement of the Prairie waters project which has dramatically increased water rates and utility tap fees. In fact the cost of Aurora water is so high, many residents are now having their water shut off due to non payment. The City of Aurora solution to this problem is now to ask aurora residents to donate funds to pay the exorbitant water bills of residents who have had their water shut off.
The Fitzsimons campus is surrounded by economically depressed residential neighborhoods and the existing highways are fully congested with I70 undergoing a 10 year expansion to accommodate the current overflow of traffic. Without any outside consultation, proven bio science cluster bench marking, or independent expertise, the FRA assumed that Colorado University could be an anchor tenant, however Colorado University ranks number 29 on research and has a below par pipeline of educated students. A recipe for disaster and complete waste of Colorado taxpayer dollars. With student recruiting coming from the economically depressed surrounding community the human talent level will only decrease Cam-con.org
Boston is the Biotech capitol of the world. Home of Harvard University, Boston University (BU)and nearby Johns Hopkins University. Boston University is focused on serving ethnic and poor vulnerable people focusing on diseases that adversely affect this segment of the population. BU develops diverse human resources and has the distinguishing event of educating the first institution to educate female students.
Harvard Medical School is rated number one in the nation by News and World reports for research. Students study core scientific concepts, complete clinical trials and receive either a pass or fail grade. Harvard has international collaborative relationships with Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Asia, and South Korea. Harvard has nine Nobel peace prize winners, and has over 150 National Academy members.
Approximately 400 miles away is Johns Hopkins University.Number one for Federal research funds. with 80% of undergraduate students performing individual research along side of their peers. Receiving 2.2 billion dollars in federal grants the most of any university for 35 consecutive years in a row. Home of twenty seven Nobel prize winners, a world class faculty. The university was started in 1876 with John Hopkins bequeathing a seven million dollar endowment. With this gift came specific instructions documented into his will. NO MONEY IS TO BE USED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS. BUILD MEN NOT BUILDINGS.
With world class talent assembled into a concentrated area, Supporting multiple world class universities billions of dollars of venture capitol is at the fingertips of this elite student population. Money is not a problem for biotechnology research. Thirty million for Aura Bioscience, 100 million for Kaleido Bioscience, In 2016 alone over eight separate Boston Bioscience companies received over 100 million dollars each! Since 1992 Boston has received over 34 billion dollars just from NIH funding! With talent secured, financial resources quickly follows and attracts end users. Boston is home to the worlds largest life sciences biotechnology convention. With over 16,000 people from 74 different countries attending this annual event.
It is not only both coasts that have world class biotechnology hubs. There is severe competition within 1,000 miles of the mismanaged Fitzimons campus fledgling bio science incubator. In fact the Rocky Mountain region is severely hampered compared to these competitor bio science incubators. These facts are not forth coming from any Fitzsimons or CU university official. Any well educated bioscience entrepreneur will evaluate all options and bench mark the benefits and advantages of one location over another.
With a national competitive bio science landscape, some believe over saturated, in 2016 the City of Austin Texas approached taxpayers for a mere 35 million dollars to send to the proposed Dell medical school each year. Local officials publically stated the new Dell school would be different and would become self financing…almost everyone disagreed. However the Dell medical school was build and opened. The focus was on building new patient care models and commercializing research. The Austin region now has over 250 life sciences companies…with 40 starting in just the last two years! With Austin having excellent software engineers, creativity, strong tech base, and collaborative community Merck is going to develop a major technology innovation center. Siting the Dell school has the motivating factor.
There is now 12 medical schools in Texas all collaborative and a tightly knit organization with excellent leadership. A well run organization attracts attention, educated affluent partnerships. Johnson and Johnson one of the worlds largest and most respected companies decided the Texas Medical Center(TMC) would be an ideal location to open up a state of the art bioscience incubator. With globally competitive life science clusters, collaborative network, millions of patients(mostly Latino) and 1.8 billion in investment research. Jlabs opened a 34,000 sq. ft. bioscience incubator near the medical campus. This world class bioscience incubator joins Jlabs group of US incubators in San Francisco, Boston and San Diego. Jlabs recently opened up an international bioscience incubator in Toronto, Canada. Jlabs stated Toronto is home to a vibrant life science and healthcare community led by academic hospitals, world class research institutions, strong start up ecosystems, top scientific talent and close proximity to Canadian financial centers. The first 10 biotech startups were hand picked and will benefit from Jlabs, market research, infrastructure, world class reach and strategic scientific alliances.
While the Fitzsimons campus will house any biotech start up, that occupies space in a bio science 3 real estate building…..to pay the rent, on a 115,000 sq. ft. building, regardless of the product/service being researched/sponsored. A haphazard approach endorsed by the CU Anschutz medical campus, City of Aurora, and a focus on Tryba and MOA architects. Clearing showing a lack of strategic alliance and wasteful resources. By contrast Texas medical Center focusing on digital health,medical devices, AI, and strategic alignment. Has identified 19 start ups FROM AROUND THE WORLD that are aligned with what the TMC hospitals need to further their competition against second tier hospitals such as the CU Anschutz medical campus.
As laymen we review these existing biotechnology clusters. Each one offers the same composition of ingredients. A strong science base, a growing company base, close support of the business community and related industries.A highly skilled workforce, a supportive local government and abundant financing mechanisms. Even an uneducated immigrant potential home buyer would compare one home to another before making a final decision and purchasing a home. A simple benchmark comparison between the two options.
Therefore the FRA has completely failed and adversely effected the Colorado health care community and the taxpayer. Starting with the selection of the University of Colorado and not evaluating what the community actually needed, with no comprehensive market research and started construction on a land locked site. Producing average students at best with a number 29 research ranking from prestigious News and World report. With a semi skilled workforce in tail, Using archaic back of the envelope thinking, proceeded to construct an adjacent biotechnology research campus. High cost of construction, water utility tap fees and no alignment with an existing compatible related support facilities. No institutional on the ground adjacent existing partners, and no world wide international collaboration associations. As the existing bio science existing cluster model reveals, bio science is a tacit knowledge industry. Extended spacial surroundings is detrimental to the industry.
With limited resources, no existing business infrastructure leads to limited financing. There is abundant financing on both coasts but few if any financing to support a 184 acre isolated walled Fitzsimons community. Which leads to desperate financing. In the unlikely event a break through biotechnology is founded it will be either purchased, licensed, and moved to one of the coasts. It will not be fully developed in an isolated high cost small minded municipal environment. There is no tax free zone on the problematic CU Anschutz medical campus or the fitzsimons campus. There is an international tax free zone in Dubai strategically aligned with Harvard life science talent. Offering 100% tax free environment, no income or corporate taxes, 100% foreign ownership, networking and connectivity with global brands. Offering lucrative medical investment opportunities has attracted world class hospitals, specialized centers and world class talent. Leaving only the Dumb money for the CU Anschutz medical campus.
Dubai, Healthcare city. The worlds largest medical free zone, with world class talent in all adjacent industries currently occupying 9 million square feet. With phase 2 expansion underway will occupy 19 million square feet. 160 clinical partners, 150 medical specialties, outpatient telemedicine with licensed practitioners from 90 different countries. Including 28 private hospitals and 6 public hospitals. Dubai is home to 34 indigenous pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. In 2017 Dubai Hospital extended their global reach by developing a robotic pharmacist capable of storing 35,000 different medications and dispensing 12 prescriptions PER MINUTE!
While the archaic xenophobic CU Anschutz medical campus has now for over 10 years publicly stating: they can do anything, bring research to patients bedside and home of numerous human organ transplants at a cost of over 500,000 for each procedure. It was Dubai that had the vision, talent, vertical integration and financing that researched and developed 3d printed anatomical models. Presenting patients visual 3d models of their pre surgeries to enhance patient communications. Incorporating anatomical models allowing cardiac surgeons to prefit heart values. Using world class orthopedics for visual and planning of shoulder and knee reconstruction surgery. Developing and using Individual patient printing of 3d models for complicated surgeries, reduces the time in surgery by 62 minutes, lowering patients costs by more than $3,700.00. Dubai is expanding its world class healthcare using the Dubai Health Experience. Offering Medical tourism. Future patient communications will include: 24/7 video consultancy to patients around the world. Which directly refutes Steve VanNurden statement: there is nothing we can’t do for medicine on this Fitzsimons campus.
On 11/19 /2019 World class Mayo clinic structured a strategic partnership with ABU Dhabi Health. A 741 bed hospital which is interested in the latest surgical techniques: robotic surgery, large particle and protein beam therapy for cancer treatment. The Mayo clinic was selected as part of an international strategy and clinical knowledge.Abu Dhabi is one of the wealthiest cities in the world.Carefully selecting and partnering with the best talent in the world. The CU Anschutz Medical campus and Fitzsimons Campus can not offer any international world class talent, medical techniques or financial benefits.
With few prospects poorly elected leaders emit misleading information to the gullible public to justify a weak position. Case in point. On April 6, 2018 Steve VanNurden from the Fitzsimons Campus states that the Fitzsimons Colorado Bioscience companies are a shining star for the state of Colorado. And is protesting Colorado state house bill # 1260. (HB18-1260). The bill would require biotechnology companies to divulge proprietary information if the price of a drug increases a high percentage from one year to the next year. Stating this will not help any prescription drug costs to the patient. As we all know transparency is the key to Any industry.
There is numerous problems with this continual misleading rhetoric. First of all the drug was probably financed with tax payer money, NIH grants, or taxpayer paid clinical trials. The drug is protected by a patent filed with the USPTO patent office. In the event of any comparable drug coming onto the market there would a patent infringement class action lawsuit. Punitive damages would be awarded subpoenaing the sales of the infringing company. The purpose of NIH taxpayer grants is to provide financing for expensive research…not to protect drug manufacturers profits. This is why president Trump who is not beholden to any election funding has informed the FDA to accelerate the manufacture of generic drugs.
What this statement from Steve VanNurden clearly shows is the isolated thinking contained inside a poorly financed Fitzsimons walled community. The University of Colorado’s mission is to provide health care benefits at or below market prices. This is what a world class University exhibits….like Boston University. What statements should be forthcoming and emitted from the fitzsimons campus is we are diligently working to lower the costs of prescription drugs and health care costs to the Colorado community. We are grateful and prudently use all Colorado taxpayer dollars.Then publicly state and independently document how the Colorado community has benefited. In almost 20 years this has not been stated or supported. This is why the Colorado community prudently fails to financially support higher education..it is an all consuming black hole with no community benefits. In complete contrast to a predominant Latino community in Austin, Texas.
Therefore the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the adjacent Fitzsimons Campus will always be a laggard, produce limited results, provide a second tier education, consume additional tax payer funds, misguided philanthropy,and operate on a xenophobic philosophy. Oh and by the way, now seeking new leadership, Colorado University president Bruce Benson will retire in July 2019. The search is on for someone to pay the bills and support 5 billion dollars in debt!
THE SEARCH FOR A NEW CU PRESIDENT…..CHEAP AND POLITICAL…….NOT STRATEGIC!
The CU regents who are elected by Colorado taxpayers, recognizing, but failed to correct the major fault of their last elected president Bruce Benson..who for 10 years completely failed to research, propose and implement a STRATEGIC CU ANSCHUTZ MEDICAL CAMPUS PLAN. The CU regents hired the lowest bidder, an unknown human capitol advisory firm named Wheless. The CU Regents paid a flat fee of $99,000 plus 25k in additional expenses for a headhunter search to be the new CU president. There were nine headhunter search firms that bid for the CU contract. An industry wide standard search fee for a campus the size of Colorado University should be 200,000-250,000. The lowest bidder with an unknown track record was retained by the CU regents for the CU 5 billion dollar CU Anschutz Medical Campus president search.
Using the lowest bidder(Wheless), with little experience in hiring university’s administrators started the problematic search.A secret list was composed of thirty(30) prominent potential candidates, then whittle down to six applicants and eventually down to one controversial candidate Mark Kennedy.A candidate that presented inaccurate information about his accomplishments on his resume. Mark Kennedy also took credit for the increasing minority graduation rates at University of North Dakota(UND). Additional notable Kennedy attributes are: Kennedy voted to restrict abortion rights, end net neutrality, allow electronic surveillance with out a warrant, end stem cell research, and remove endanger species environmental protections. Mark Kennedy had the experience the CU Regents were seeking. Two and half years (2.5) as University of North Dakota’s president. A university of 13,000 students and a 90 million dollar research budget? Experience administrating a “lower tier” university. This 2.5 year tenure would “dovetail nicely” and fit in with the culture of the low expectations at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.
Mark Kennedy also possessed the sole attributes the CU Regents were desperately seeking in a new CU president. charisma, and interpersonal skills to help solidify the CU Regent board. The CU Regents believed Mark Kennedy could handle ideological differences aka as “political differences” between the five Republication Cu Regents and the four Democratic Regents. The Republican and Democratic CU regents debated and made decisions based on partisanship, instead of making rational decisions based on evidence. The current CU Regent board completely lacked “governance” The key missing ingredient in ESG. The publicly elected CU Regent board completely lacks the ability to properly govern, (administer, efficiently run) a public university campus. And it is now on full national display with 29 well qualified applicants looking at the mismanaged Colorado University Regents. Resulting in CU faculty and student protests.
In the future University presidents, administrators will be searched and interviewed anonymously. As the rejected CU presidential candidates, many who are better qualified, now have a rejected employment offer from Colorado University now on their resume. Currently the Daily Boulder Camera is actively involved in a lawsuit regarding CU Regents actions concerning the selection of Mark Kennedy. Colorado taxpayers have a right to know who all the candidates were and their qualifications. Was the best qualified applicant selected? This is why it is important for Colorado taxpayers to pay attention to who they elect for future CU regents.Billions of dollars are being mishandled, without a Colorado University strategic plan in place for the last decade.
Circle the wagons mentality is on full display, protect thy institution at all costs. As the CU regents 5 Republican majority selected the CU Anschutz medical campus president who is a fellow Republican with a far right Congress voting record. It is irrelevant Colorado is a purple swing state that has now moved to being Democratic and no longer with out of step Republicans. In an effort to disclose who publicly released the list of secret 30 potential applicants, CU Republican regents Hill, Carson, Sharkley and Ganahl, want a private investigation, including handwriting analysis into which potential Democrat released a viable list of qualified CU president candidates. without their consent.
DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN WHEN A SECRET LIST OF 30 CANDIDATES WAS PUBLICLY RELEASED BY A CONCERNED WHISTLE BLOWER. WHICH IS NOW AT THE CENTER OF A LAWSUIT