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University of Colorado President Bruce Benson retires 

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University of Colorado President Bruce Benson will retire in July 2019, after more than 10 years leading the state's largest university system. The advance announcement will give the university's Board of Regents "ample time to find a successor who can continue the tremendous positive momentum at CU," Benson said in a statement July 18.

Benson led the university through the aftermath of a 2017 settlement involving accusations that the university's culture led to the rape of two women by football players and recruits, and through the global financial crisis, which resulted in drastic cuts to higher-education funding, the Boulder Daily Camera notes. Despite the effects of the recession, the Daily Camera adds, enrollment and fundraising increased, and the university system's budget doubled under his leadership.

"The University of Colorado has been a part of my life since I was an undergraduate some 55 years ago," Benson's statement reads. "It will remain an important part of my life. It will also remain critical to Colorado's success and will continue to address the critical issues facing our nation and world."

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