Colorado

Aug 6, 2010 5:43 PM by David Ortiviz

CSU-Pueblo president wants to run university, campaign

CSU-Pueblo's president says he wants to continue to run the university while campaigning for Lieutenant Governor of Colorado. On Thursday gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper picked Joe Garcia as his running mate on the democratic ticket. Now university leaders must decide if Garcia should stay continue to be paid while he's running for office.

Garcia told his staff via email, he intends to keep working as the university's president during the campaign, if the university's chancellor and board of governors allow him to do so.

Hickenlooper and garcia have 88 days to hit the campaign trail before the election. The CSU System Board of Governors could ask Garcia to take a leave of absence. That decision could come down to time and energy--Can Garcia run for office and manage the university, which starts a new semester in a matter of weeks.

"Those are question we've got address as a total group," said Bonifacio Cosyleon, a board member.

"I hate to lose him for even a day, let alone a campaign" said Tom Farley, another board member.

Neither has made up their mind about Garcia's role with the university.

Garcia reportedly earns more than $200,000 as president of CSU-Pueblo. If elected as Lieutenant Governor, his annual salary would drop to $65,500.

"I did think about that long and hard it is no question a pay cut, but it an opportunity that doesn't come along everyday and I didn't want to pass that up. I've never been motivated entirely by money," said Garcia.

Garcia indicates he would leave the university if elected, but for now he's says he's committed to both roles: university president and political candidate.

The CSU System Board of Governors will meet next week to talk about Garcia's future.

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