College of Colorado President Todd Saliman discusses future objectives to strengthen four-campus system

Whether or not Todd Saliman knew it prior to now or not, his profession path…

Whether or not Todd Saliman knew it prior to now or not, his profession path helped information him to precisely the place he sits at present — because the president of the College of Colorado’s four-campus system.

Even after he was named interim president of CU in June 2021, Saliman wasn’t all the time positive he wished to use for the everlasting place. However those that have labored with Saliman all through the course of his evolving profession acknowledged the connection between his expertise and what was wanted in CU’s subsequent president.

“(Saliman) is aware of how you can do the work and the imaginative and prescient,” mentioned Tanya Mares Kelly-Bowry, CU’s former vice chairman for presidency relations. “Often when you’ve a numbers man, they’re not visionary. I believe that’s the nice management he’ll convey to CU. I’m excited to see the place we’re going within the subsequent few years.”

Saliman, 55, who graduated from CU Boulder in 1989, did finally change his thoughts and tossed his hat within the ring to run for the president place and was unanimously chosen by the College of Colorado Board of Regents to be the subsequent chief earlier this 12 months.

Now all the pieces has come full circle, mentioned Kelly-Bowry, who has labored with Saliman in numerous capacities for about 30 years.

“Once I turned the youngest Hispanic vice chairman within the historical past of CU, Todd Saliman was one of many guys who helped persuade my higher-ups that they might promote me as each a girl and a girl of shade,” Kelly-Bowry mentioned. “He has all the time had an extended monitor report of engaged on range points and supporting ladies in highly effective positions.”

Kelly-Bowry mentioned she has labored with seven CU presidents, however not one has had the monetary information that Saliman has.

“He is aware of the ins and out, and he is aware of the cash, and I believe that makes him a vital asset in his function,” Kelly-Bowry mentioned.

Strategically planning

Earlier than Saliman took the reins as interim president and now president, CU and the Board of Regents created a strategic plan with former President Mark Kennedy who left the place July 1, 2021, after he did not reveal management in range, fairness and inclusion and shared governance.

Now that Saliman has taken over as president, Lesley Smith, chair of the CU Board of Regents, mentioned she appears to be like ahead to choosing up that work once more and tackling strategic plan objectives with Saliman.