UNC trustees officially appoint president, set salary

GREELEY — The University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees has made it official and has appointed the lone finalist to the position of president.

Andrew “Andy” Hale Feinstein will become the 13th president of the university, the trustees announced Wednesday.

Feinstein, the current provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at San José State University, will be paid, starting July 1, $325,000 annually, plus an annual housing and car allowance of $50,000 and annual deferred compensation of $50,000.

Feinstein’s appointment came at a special meeting Wednesday. State law requires universities to wait at least 14 days after naming finalists before selecting a president.

“He understands faculty, staff and student issues, he understands the business issues, and he understands that those things don’t always go hand in hand,” board chairman Dick Monfort said of Feinstein in April when he was named as the lone finalist. “He’s open to change, and he knows how to do it collaboratively. He’s going to be great, and we’re all looking forward to working with him.”

Feinstein has more than 25 years of higher-education experience. At San José State, he oversees 154 degree programs and supports more than 35,000 students, 1,900 faculty and 550 staff and administrators in seven academic colleges.

“I am honored to have been selected to become UNC’s next president,” Feinstein said in a campus memo sent Wednesday. “As I have stated before, it’s an incredibly exciting opportunity for me and my family.”

Feinstein succeeds Kay Norton, who will retire in June after 16 years as UNC’s president — the fourth-longest tenure of any UNC president.