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Gov. Jared Polis picks new CU regent

Montera previously ran for election as a regent and will serve until voters decide in November 2022


Governor Jared Polis has appointed Republican businessman Ken Montera to serve as a new CU regent representing Colorado Springs and southern Colorado.

Ken Montera smiles.
Ken Montera.

Montera in 2018 ran for election for an at-large seat on the nine-member University of Colorado Board of Regents. He lost in the general election to Democrat Lesley Smith.

Montera will replace Regent Chance Hill, who resigned, opening a seat for a regent residing in the 5th Congressional District, and will serve until a new regent is elected in 2022.

Polis issued a statement saying he is impressed with Montera’s business experience and passion for CU and making education more affordable. “I’m hopeful that Ken, who has strong roots in this thriving region, is someone who will help the university achieve its full potential,” Polis said.

The nine regents serve staggered six-year terms with one elected from each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts and two at-large seats. They’re charged under the state constitution with supervising the university and directing expenditures.