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Mark Kennedy named new president of University of Colorado

UND President Mark Kennedy has been chosen as the next President of the University of Colorado.

Kennedy's confirmation vote by CU's elected Board of Regents was 5 to 4 on party lines. Regent John Carson said Kennedy was not going to be hired to be a politician, and that he will not be political president of the University of Colorado. Kennedy's selection comes after weeks of controversy concerning his record as a Republican Congressman from Minnesota. Kennedy was selected as the only finalist for the position.

In a statement from the University of North Dakota, the university stated it would work with the Chancellor and Board of Higher Education to search for a replacement and ensure a seamless transition from President Kennedy's leadership.