Friday, May 1, 2009

Weissman's University Transparency Bill Gets Initial House OK

A bill that would require the state's colleges and universities to use an open search process before hiring new leaders gained initial approval in the House today.

HB 1369, sponsored by Rep. Paul Weissman, D-Louisville, would require the use of search committees and mandate development and publication of job qualifications before institutions can hire a chancellor or president.

The bill is motivated by concerns over the selection process for a chancellor at Colorado State University.

“I have real concerns about how the search process for new leadership at CSU is progressing," Weissman said. "I want to make sure the decision is made in the light of day, not behind closed doors. It should be made with the input of students, alumni, faculty, and other stakeholders. The era of closed door governing is over.”

The bill must pass third reading in the House before being considered in the Senate.