CU Chancellor Steps Down

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University of Colorado Boulder campus Chancellor Richard Byyny is changing jobs within the C.U. system following eight sometimes tumultuous years in the job.

Byyny, who is a physician, will become executive director of a new health policy center at the University of Colorado Hospital at Fitzsimons in Aurora. The change is effective March first, and Byyny will keep his job as chancellor until an interim replacement is named.

As the hospital's policy director, he'll be a leader in analyzing and forming policies on care and health care delivery.

C.U. President Elizabeth Hoffman says she will talk with various groups before naming an interim chancellor.

Byyny is the highest-level official at C.U. Boulder to leave the campus since a football sex-and-recruiting scandal erupted early this year. He helped put in place a new program to strengthen controls over recruiting and began work to integrate athletics more fully into the rest of the campus.

Also this year, he appointed a task force to review and recommend improvements in the way the campus handles sexual assault, and started initiatives to help efforts to reduce high-risk alcohol use by students.