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Theodosia Cook
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Reflecting on race and the times

I have seen our country deny the realities of racism over the voices of suffering people clamoring for structural change.
Health and safety

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June 2020

From triage to transformation

It’s not enough to merely make it through these strange and uncertain times. We’ve got to meet them head on by leaning into our strengths, resources and potential. By doing so, CU will emerge as an even more vital asset for our students, state and nation.
Corona Virus
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The Chronicle of Higher Education

Spurred by Coronavirus, Some Colleges Rush to Move Online

How do colleges plan for the long term when they are reacting to the uncertainty of a global pandemic and an economic crisis?
CU In The Media
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Colorado Sun

Nicolais: CU steps up to help students amid coronavirus concerns

Even as the state legislature cut spending to Colorado colleges and universities, CU leadership took steps to ensure access and diversity on campus.
President Kennedy at an earlier board meeting
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Statement of gratitude to the University of Colorado Heritage Society

Thank you to those who have shared their hopes and dreams with us. We recognize that the future is unknown and that plans change. Still, we welcome those who have informed CU of their plans for future gifts to become members of the CU Heritage Society, a prestigious group of supporters who engage in meaningful ways across our CU campuses.
Coronavirus
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President Kennedy announces CU system staff furloughs

We are all aware of the extremely challenging financial conditions COVID-19 brought about. Personnel costs are more than 70 percent of our expenditures.
Norlin Charge
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2020 Spring Commencement - Norlin charge

It is a tradition to read the Norlin Charge at all University of Colorado commencements. This years virtual commencement included and the introduction by CU President Mark Kennedy and the charge lead by exiting Regents Linda Shoemaker, John Carson and Irene Greigo.
Mark Kennedy
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CU on the Air

The importance of innovation for CU in the age of COVID-19 and beyond

CU on the Air again talks to CU President Kennedy about the University of Colorado’s response to COVID-19 and its transformation to greater technology and online learning.
CU In the Media
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The Denver Post

University of Colorado forgoes tuition hikes in response to coronavirus

Only out-of-state nursing students on Anschutz Medical Campus will see a tuition increase next year.
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The Gazette

GUEST COLUMN: Pandemic has accelerated innovation in education

The pandemic has accelerated digital forces that were in motion, disrupting most every activity and institution, including higher education.
CU In The Media
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Daily Camera

Kennedy to donate, forgo $200k bonus

University of Colorado President Mark Kennedy will forgo or donate $200,000 in bonuses he was set to receive for completing four goals set by the Board of Regents during his first year on the job.
Virtual BOR meeting
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President Kennedy contributes/forgoes salary bonus

I will contribute or forgo the $200,000 in contract payments. This is in addition to the 10% salary reduction to which my leadership team and I committed.
Shared governance image of campuses
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CU Connections

Strength in numbers: President Kennedy establishes National Security Advisory Group

Despite pandemic-related chaos and uncertainty, CU’s commitment to learning, discovery, innovation and research remains steadfast. As a testament – and building on CU Boulder’s National Security Initiative – President Kennedy convened faculty experts from all four campuses for an initial meeting of CU’s new National Security Advisory Group.
Virtual BOR meeting
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President's communication to faculty and staff

The CU community’s response leaves me impressed and appreciative, although we know we have a long way to go and challenging times ahead. Focusing on our priorities takes on greater significance and urgency.
CU In The Media
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Daily Camera

Colorado higher ed leaders seek additional federal support

This is the second letter sent by the state’s top higher education officials seeking specific funding and relief programs for colleges and universities.
Speeding up and slowing down

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May 2020

Speeding up and slowing down

Life didn’t stop when we moved to remote teaching in mid-March in response to COVID-19, but our campuses became different places almost overnight, with the normal hustle and bustle replaced by a strange quiet.
President Kennedy speaks on diversity, equity and inclusion at the Governance and University Affairs Committee meeting.
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CU President Mark Kennedy and Colorado higher ed leaders' letter to legislators

We continue to urge Congress to provide an additional $47 billion in emergency funding to be split between students and campuses, higher education centers and institutions of higher education...
CU Online launches
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CU Connections

CU to substantially ramp up online education efforts

President Kennedy stresses new urgency in growing ‘pockets of excellence.’
Mark Kennedy
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CU on the Air

CU on the Air: CU President Kennedy’s coronavirus update

CU President Mark Kennedy sat down this week with CU on the Air host Ken McConnellogue to provide updates to the CU community
President Mark Kennedy
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CU Connections

As leadership takes pay cuts, budget questions remain

President Kennedy updates regents on coronavirus, announces pay reductions for leadership.
Coronavirus
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A message from President Kennedy

I am proud of how CU’s students, faculty and staff have stepped up to the challenges brought about by COVID-19. You have helped us protect the health and safety of our community while also continuing to deliver on our educational mission. There have been bumps in the road, yet we are faring well amid the upheaval. Our students remain our focus. Thank you for everything you are doing.
CU In the Media
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Daily Camera

CU President Kennedy, chancellors to take 10% pay cut amid coronavirus budget concerns

The pay cuts will save $383,877 annually, CU spokesman Ken McConnellogue said.
Corona Virus
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President Kennedy statement on COVID-19 and WFH

You have helped us protect the health and safety of our community while also continuing to deliver on our educational mission. There have been bumps in the road, yet we are faring well amid the upheaval. Our students remain our focus. Thank you for everything you are doing.
CU In The Media
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CU Boulder Today

CU regents hear update on financial impacts of COVID-19, next steps

In a special virtual meeting, the board heard a presentation from President Mark Kennedy on the university’s response to COVID-19.