Hank Brown

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Person.png Hank Brown  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
BornFebruary 12, 1940
Denver, Colorado
Alma materUniversity of Colorado, George Washington University
Colorado. politician and lawyer. As president of the University of Colorado system, he oversaw the decision to get rid of dissident academic Ward Churchill.

Employment.png President Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
August 1, 2005 - March 10, 2008
EmployerUniversity of Colorado
Oversaw the machinations to get rid of dissident academic Ward Churchill.

Employment.png United States Senator from Colorado

In office
January 3, 1991 - January 3, 1997

George Hanks "Hank" Brown is an American politician and lawyer from Colorado. He is a former Republican politician and U.S. Senator. He sat as president of the University of Northern Colorado from July 1998 to June 2002, and later as the 21st president of the University of Colorado system from April 2005 to January 2008. as president, he oversaw the machinations to get rid of dissident academic Ward Churchill.


Brown was born in Denver in 1940, and graduated from college in 1961 and from law school in 1969, both from the University of Colorado. Brown also has a Master of Laws degree from George Washington University. At the former, he became a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity.[1]



Brown was in the United States Navy from 1962 to 1966. He was an aviator and volunteered for service in Vietnam, where he was a forward air controller.


He sat in the Colorado Senate from 1972 to 1976 and was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1980, until 1991. In 1990, he was elected to the United States Senate in which he sat one term and did not run again in the 1996 election. From 1998 to 2002, he was president of the University of Northern Colorado.

In 1995, Brown was involved with the Airstan incident in which he mediated efforts for a prisoner exchange between Russia and the Taliban, which ultimately broke down, but his efforts set up an escape by the Russian prisoners.[2]

CU President

In April 2005, Brown was named to succeed Elizabeth Hoffman, as the president of the University of Colorado on an interim basis. Brown took office on August 1, 2005.

Ward Churchill

During his interim tenure, Brown also led the university through the decision-making process surrounding Ethnic Studies professor Ward Churchill.[3][4]

An "investigation" of Churchill for academic misconduct which had been supported by the neoconservative American Council of Trustees and Alumni, an organization that Brown had co-founded in 1995 with among others Lynne Cheney, the wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, "identified" seven separate instances of misconduct and referred the matter to the university administration.[5] Brown urged the Board of Regents to dismiss Churchill, which it did in March 2006, overriding a tenure committee recommendation for one-year suspension.

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  1. The Rainbow, vol. 130, no. 2, p. 21
  2. Associated Press (August 19, 1996). "Daredevil airmen receive warm homecoming". The Register-Guard. Retrieved August 10, 2010.
  3. http://archived.wardchurchill.net/files/cu_acta_ad.pdf
  4. http://archived.wardchurchill.net/files/its_just_a_farce.pdf
  5. John Gravois (July 25, 2007). "University of Colorado Board of Regents Fires Ward Churchill, Who Vows to Sue".