University of Colorado president Bruce Benson wants to cut through the red tape when hiring a new head of fundraising.

"You can do all the processes you want — I'm not into processes. I'm into getting things done," Benson said.

In a special meeting Wednesday, he'll ask the Board of Regents for permission to deviate from standard search procedures when hiring someone to lead the school's revamped fundraising programs.

"We need to get going. We're moving people already. We need to have the structure in place. We need to have the manager. We need to hire the people who are going to be on the campuses," he said.

The 139 employees who work for the CU Foundation, a separate, nonprofit entity, will become university employees in July, and a new leader will be hired to oversee the reorganized approach. A review found that CU lags behind its peers when it comes to tapping into its 372,608 alumni, and Benson wants to make changes.

The existing process calls for a search committee to be formed, with representatives from all aspects of university life, including students and faculty. Benson dispensed with that process recently when he hired Don Elliman last spring as the chancellor at the university's Denver campus.

For the fundraising leadership hire, Benson said he, his chief of staff and the chancellors from CU's four campuses would conduct the search.


"We're the guys who have to work with this person, not 20 other people," Benson said.

Melinda Piket-May, the chair of CU's faculty council, said in an e-mail that "it is an area that concerns us, but the president has been openly communicating with us on the issues."

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