The Colorado Senate confirmed controversial candidates Connie Calaway and Pat Broe to the Board of Governors for the CSU System on Thursday.
The senate, in an 18-16 vote, approved Gov. Bill Owens’ nomination of the two candidates for the two open seats on the board. The senate also unanimously approved the reappointment of Donald Hamstra and Jeff Shoemaker.
The next step will be for the current board members to approve the appointments. They will meet and decide whether to do so in the next couple weeks, said Reginald Washington, president of the board.
“Our options are to go ahead and confirm (Calaway and Broe) to be voting members or to not confirm them and appoint somebody else,” he said.
Some people believe that Calaway and Broe have tainted the selection process for CSU’s presidency, which will be open after Albert C. Yates retires in June, because they are likely to support Secretary of Technology Marc Holtzman, Owens’ recommendation to replace Yates.
Associated Students of CSU President Dave Bower had no comment about the Senate’s decision.