Phil DiStefano
Phil DiStefano

BOULDER, Colo. –

University of Colorado President Bruce Benson plans to appoint a permanent chancellor for the Boulder campus by the end of April, and he’s asked the search panel to bring forward three to five candidates.

Provost Phil DiStefano will serve as the interim leader of the campus and has expressed interest in the job on a permanent basis.

The newly appointed search panel, which will draw candidates from inside the university, will take nominations for the chancellor position up until April 1. The panel will interview up to 10 candidates, then forward its recommendations to the president.

The permanent chancellor is expected to take office by May 15.

The panel expects it will work with a budget of less than $5,000, said Deborah Mendez-Wilson. Included in the budget will be advertisements, working dinners and communication efforts.

Leonard Dinegar, the president’s chief of staff, will lead the search. He headed the last chancellor search panel, which had a $167,250 budget to conduct the national search that netted Bud Peterson.

Peterson resigned from CU’s chancellor post to take the president’s job at Georgia Tech. He begins in April.

The search panel members are: John Bennett, Director of the Atlas Institute; Ryan Biehle, student body president; Jimmy Calano, chair-elect of the CU Alumni Association Board; John Cooper, chairman of the Retired Faculty Association; Ricardo Landeira, chairman of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Leslie Leinwand, director of the Bio-Science Initiative; Donna Maes, co-chair of the Boulder Staff Council; Sallye McKee, vice chancellor for diversity, equity and community engagement; Uriel Nauenberg, physics chair, Boulder Faculty Assembly; Jean L. Thompson, chair of the CU Foundation Board of Directors; Wynn Pericak, search committee coordinator; Andrew Poppe, president of the United Government of Graduate Students; and Daniel Sher, dean of the College of Music.

To submit nominations for the chancellor’s position, e-mail by April 1.

Archived comments

how about someone from the athletic department…


3/23/2009 5:28:18 PM

CU could solve two problems at once:

Offer the job to Ward Churchill in return for an end to legal action against the school.


3/23/2009 9:07:57 PM

How about someone who wants their son to be the starting quarterback on the CU football team!


3/23/2009 10:24:09 PM

“The panel expects it will work with a budget of less than $5,000…”

BCC, take note!


3/24/2009 10:39:13 AM