Todd Saliman was named president of the University of Colorado in June 2021. He will serve in the interim as the CU Board of Regents conducts a national search for a permanent president. Before serving as president, Saliman was CU’s senior vice president for strategy, government relations and chief financial officer. He has 30 years of experience working on higher education and public policy in Colorado. He served in the Cabinet for two governors and is a former member of the Colorado General Assembly. While interim president, he will continue with some of his senior vice president duties.
From 2007-2010, Saliman was a member of Gov. Bill Ritter’s Cabinet and senior staff. As director of the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting, he represented the governor as he worked with the legislature to develop and implement the state’s budget and other legislative and strategic initiatives. His team worked with every state department to build the governor’s budget request – submitted annually to the Colorado legislature – and recommended and implemented plans to keep the budget balanced throughout the fiscal year. His office also prepared quarterly economic forecasts for the state. He guided the state budget during the great recession, which began in 2008.
When Gov. Hickenlooper was elected, Saliman continued on as a senior advisor during the Governor’s first legislative session to provide guidance and support on state budget and policy issues.
Todd served eight years in the Colorado legislature (1995–2002), four of which were spent serving on the Joint Budget Committee. He also owned and operated a lobbying firm that represented some of the most prominent organizations and governmental entities in the state, including the University of Colorado.
Saliman was born and raised in Colorado and is an alumnus of the University of Colorado Boulder.