Hank Brown

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Hank Brown
United States Senator
from Colorado
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1997
Preceded by William L. Armstrong
Succeeded by Wayne Allard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1991
Preceded by James P. Johnson
Succeeded by Wayne Allard
Member of the Colorado Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1940-02-12) February 12, 1940 (age 76)
Denver, Colorado
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Colorado
George Washington University

George Hanks "Hank" Brown (born February 12, 1940) is a former Republican politician and U.S. Senator from Colorado who served as president of the University of Colorado system from April 2005 to January 2008.


Brown was born in Denver in 1940, and graduated from college in 1961 and from law school in 1969, both from the University of Colorado. Brown also has a master of law degree from George Washington University. At the former, he became a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity.[1]



Brown served in the United States Navy from 1962 to 1966. He was an aviator and volunteered for service in Vietnam. He was decorated for his combat service as a forward air controller.


He served in the Colorado Senate from 1972 to 1976, and was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1980, serving until 1991. In 1990, he was elected to the United States Senate, where he served one term, not running again in the 1996 election. From 1998 to 2002, he was president of the University of Northern Colorado. Brown and his wife, Nan, live in Denver.

CU President[edit]

In April 2005, Brown was named to succeed Elizabeth Hoffman, as the president of the University of Colorado on an interim basis. Brown took office on August 1, 2005.

His interim period was marked by the controversy surrounding Ethnic Studies professor Ward Churchill, which had been promoted by American Council of Trustees and Alumni, an organization that Brown had co-founded in 1995. An investigation of Churchill for academic misconduct identified seven separate instances of misconduct and referred the matter to the university administration. Brown urged the Board of Regents to dismiss Churchill, which it did in March 2006, overriding a tenure committee recommendation for one-year suspension. Two months later, the regents appointed Brown permanently.

In late 2006, he announced an initiative to add class rankings to student transcripts as a counterweight to grade inflation. He tendered his resignation January 18, 2007 and left his post effective March 10, 2008.

Other positions[edit]

Brown is a member of the board of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, a non profit which supports international elections.[2]


  • Hank Brown, John B. Cooney, and Michael B. Poliakoff, 'Openness, Transparency, and Accountability: Fostering Public Trust in Higher Education', in The Politically Correct University: Problems, Scope, and Reforms, Robert Maranto (ed.), Richard E. Redding (ed.), Frederick M. Hess (ed.), Washington, D.C.: The AEI Press, 2009


  1. ^ The Rainbow, vol. 130, no. 2, p. 21
  2. ^ "Board". IFES. 2009. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Paul Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 4th congressional district

January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1991
Succeeded by
Wayne Allard
United States Senate
Preceded by
William L. Armstrong
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Colorado
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1997
Served alongside: Tim Wirth, Ben Nighthorse Campbell
Succeeded by
Wayne Allard
Party political offices
Preceded by
William L. Armstrong
Republican Party nominee for United States Senator from Colorado (Class 2)
Succeeded by
Wayne Allard
Academic offices
Preceded by
Elizabeth Hoffman
President of the University of Colorado
August 1, 2005 – March 10, 2008
Succeeded by
Bruce D. Benson