Colorado Gov. Taps Cabinet Member to Head Higher Ed Agency

October 16, 2009

Weeks after the well-respected head of Colorado's Department of Higher Education quit in a spat with Gov. Bill Ritter, the governor on Thursday selected a cabinet member with little higher education experience to fill the job. Rico Munn, who heads the state's Department of Regulatory Agencies, will serve as the state's top higher education official, replacing David Skaggs, a former Congressman who was in the job for two and a half years before leaving in an apparent personnel dispute with the governor. Munn has been a member of the state's Board of Education, which oversees elementary and secondary education, but apart from some time as an adjunct law professor teaching trial practice at the University of Denver's law school, he has no other apparent higher education background.

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