Senator issues statement honoring outgoing University of Colorado president

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, issued a statement on Wednesday honoring the career of outgoing University of Colorado President Bruce Benson.

. He started the position in March 2008, making him the longest-serving president at CU in more than six decades.

“I wish to honor the distinguished career of Bruce Benson, the outgoing president of the University of Colorado,” read Bennet‘s statement. “Through his tenacity and hard work, Bruce made the university and the State of Colorado a better place. CU is one of the Nation‘s great universities, and Bruce‘s contributions, including the record- breaking growth in research funding, have made it a source of statewide pride.”

Bennet highlighted the growth of CU‘s research funding to more than $1 billion. Under Benson‘s tenure, CU also had its six best fundraising years, Bennet said.

The statement also mentions Benson‘s commitment to the Denver Public Schools Foundation and his work at Children‘s Hospital Colorado.

“Bruce has consistently worked to change the lives of children and students across the State of Colorado, from the youngest of kids to college graduates,” Bennet said. “I know I speak on behalf of all of Colorado when I say that we are all grateful for his service.”