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Students hopeful in reaction to news of University of Northern Colorado President Kay Norton’s impending retirement

James Redmond
jredmond@greeleytribune.com

University of Northern Colorado students received an email from school president Kay Norton on Tuesday breaking the news to them she'll retire at the end of June.

Students had mixed feelings about the news, with some sad to see her go and others hopeful about the possibilities that could come with new leadership.

Sophomore journalism student Angel Cooper said she hopes the process of choosing a new leader gives the school a president who champions diversity at the school.

"I'd like there to be more diversity (at UNC)," she said.

She feels the school doesn't have much diversity and most people — especially those from the outside — often seem to echo that sentiment, Cooper said. The perception of a lack of diversity might be what keeps some students from coming to the school, she said.

A change in leadership means there's opportunity to support, highlight and create programs that encourage diversity throughout the school, Cooper said. She's got a few more years at school and said she hopes she'll get to see that.

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Nick Schreiber, a junior business and communication student, praised the community-building he feels Norton championed during her tenure.

"I think she's done a good job and worked to create an environment where people can come together," he said.

Ashton Allen, a sophomore anthropology major, said he hasn't felt the role and actions of the university's president have affected his school experience much. But that could change as he spends more time at the school, he said.

In her closing words to students, Norton said, "It is truly my honor and privilege to work with all of you — and I use the present tense because we're not through working.

"I made my announcement today so that we as a campus have time to see through the fiscal sustainability and community-building work we've committed to do."

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