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Friday Churn: CU shuffle

What’s churning:

Two part-time but highly-paid administrators at CU-Boulder will be leaving, Chancellor Philip DiStefano announced Thursday. CFO Ric Porreca is to be replaced by Kelly Fox, who’s currently the top finance person for the whole CU system.

DiStefano also announced he’ll be looking for a replacement for chief of staff Joey White. Questions had been raised about the fact that Porreca and White are retired CU employees who returned to work part-time, earning both salaries and state pensions. Legislation passed a couple of years ago to grant universities more financial and administrative flexibility eased the rules on rehiring retirees.

See the CU news release here, and read the Boulder Camera’s recent story about part-time execs here.

Senate confirmations of recent appointments by Gov. John Hickenlooper will start moving, Senate President Brandon Shaffer has announced. Appointees normally are considered by the Senate as nominations are made. But this year they’ve stacked up because Shaffer wanted the Senate to focus on economic-development bills.

Few if any nominations are controversial, but even routine confirmations eat up time in committees and on the floor. Among the scores of people to be considered are nominees for lots of state college boards, the Charter School Institute and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Read full list

What’s on tap:

The University of Northern Colorado trustees will meet at 8:30 a.m. today in the Panorama Room of the University Center on campus in Greeley. The group will consider a proposed resolution supporting Senate Bill 12-015, the undocumented student tuition proposal. The trustees also will discuss possible 2012-13 undergraduate tuition and fees but not take action. The board next meets on June 8.

A good read from elsewhere:

Sheepskin alternatives: The proliferation of college-level online courses and programs that offer informal credentials is creating demand for alternative forms of certification that would be honored by employers, The New York Times reports.

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