The University of Colorado has selected Todd Saliman, former lawmaker and chief budget officer for the state, to be the next financial chief of the CU system.
Saliman served under former Gov. Bill Ritter and for a single legislative session under Gov. John Hickenlooper. He's also worked as a government affairs adviser, lobbying at the state Capitol on behalf of CU.
Saliman served in the Colorado Legislature from 1995 to 2001, spending four of those years on the Joint Budget Committee. He was the state's chief budget officer during the recent recession.
"The university is facing the same challenges the state is facing, and that's the growing demand for services while revenues aren't keeping up with that demand," he said. "That's a challenge that we have to figure out. We have to be creative and be frugal."