Regent wants University of Colorado to hire more conservative professors

Opponent says CU can't ask about political views

BOULDER, Colo. - A regent for the University of Colorado says he wants the liberal arts departments to hire more conservative professors.

Jim Geddes, a Sedalia Republican, is expected to raise the issue at a Board of Regents meeting at which chancellors will give formal reports about intellectual diversity efforts on their campuses. A few years ago, the board added political, intellectual and philosophical diversity to its guiding principles.

“If I were sending one of my children off to college, I'd tell them I want you to go to a university where you are going to hear smart intellectuals on both sides of issues,” Geddes tells The Daily Camera.

But Regent Stephen Ludwig, a Denver Democrat, says he doubts it's legal to ask job candidates about their political affiliation.