Regents Meet To Discuss Churchill, Hoffman Replacement

Animal Testing Also Subject Of Regents Meeting

University of Colorado Regents are scheduled to meet Wednesday with a full agenda and more security as they discuss several controversial issues.

The last meeting in February turned ugly when a police officer tried to arrest a student who refused to go peacefully and ended up in a scuffle. At that meeting the regents announced they wanted controversial CU professor Ward Churchill investigated.

At this week's meeting, the regents are expected to once again discuss Churchill and ways to strengthen and improve the tenure process.

CU President Betsy Hoffman has hinted that a proposal to change tenure at the school may be in the works. That word comes as a decision on whether or not the school could or should fire Churchill -- a tenured ethnic studies professor -- draws near.

Tenure has been hotly debated when some wondered how Churchill received tenure in 1991. Churchill does not have a PhD and school officials apparently granted him tenure without a full review of his academic work because they wanted to increase the number of minorities on staff, according to recent reports.

Results of the CU panel investigation into Churchill should be given to the regents this week.

At Wednesday's meeting, the regents are also scheduled to appoint a presidential search committee that will be charged with finding a replacement for Hoffman, who announced March 7 that she would resign by the end of June or when a replacement is found.

Regent Pat Hayes has said that the regents would consider appointing an interim president beginning in May, depending on how the search for a permanent president is going.

The regents will also discuss animal testing, specifically the use of monkeys in CU experiments.

The Committee for Research Accountability, a Boulder-based group advocating for the release of the monkeys, will make a presentation on Wednesday, but the spokeswoman said they would never protest with violence.

So many people are expected to show up at the two-day meeting that to accommodate seating, CU officials moved the meeting from Denver's Tivoli Student Center, which holds about 50 people, to the concert hall of the King Academic and Performing Arts Center, which seats several hundred.

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