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Colorado State U. Board of Governors Broke Open-Meetings Law, Judge Rules

June 20, 2009

Colorado State University’s governing board violated the state’s open-meetings law when it selected one of its members as the sole finalist for chancellor in a private session, a state judge has ruled, according to The Coloradoan.

That news outlet, in Fort Collins, Colo., was one of three that filed suit against the Board of Governors for naming Joe Blake as chancellor of the state-university system in a closed session in May.

Judge Stephen Schapanski, of a Colorado district court, rejected the university’s argument that no laws were broken because the board voted in public to name Mr. Blake the sole finalist after the private session. The university “is reviewing the judge’s order and will be considering its options in the next few days,” a spokeswoman told The Coloradoan.

The Board of Governors is scheduled to vote next week to formally appoint Mr. Blake, who resigned from the body on May 26, as chancellor. —Heidi Landecker