Event Date: April 15, 2021
Event Time: 12:00 PM
Event Location: Virtual

University of Colorado President Mark Kennedy and University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan who served in the U.S. House of Representatives together, joined us for a public conversation on April 15th. Kennedy as a Republican from Minnesota and Meehan as a Democrat from Massachusetts worked across the aisle on a range of issues, and in the process, they formed an enduring friendship.

The afternoon began with a discussion about their friendship as it continues to be a foundation as they serve as university presidents in a time of great challenge for higher education. They engaged in a wide-ranging conversation about issues on which they agree, disagree, and half-agree. The Center of the American West’s Faculty Director and Chair of the Board, Patty Limerick moderated the conversation.

You learn a lot about a person when you travel with them, particularly overseas. Marty and I really became friends when we traveled the Middle East together as Congressmen. While we don’t always agree on issues, I respect and appreciate his ability to look at all sides of an issue and think critically about a solution. He is also a man with deep integrity and a strong sense of public service.

-Mark Kennedy, CU President

This event is part of the Center’s “Bipartisanship (and Friendship) Happen!” series, which brings pairs of accomplished and dedicated public officials together to talk about their determination to extend the ties of shared enterprise and friendship across the divisions of recent times.


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