Many football fans and boosters thought the program's self-imposed recruiting restrictions, which Byyny had a strong hand in creating, were too severe and tantamount to the athletic department shooting itself in the foot.
Though it found no evidence that CU officials knew of or condoned the use of sex or alcohol to lure football recruits, the Independent Investigative Panel formed by the university last spring criticized what it called a lack of oversight of the football recruiting process by Byyny, as well as, head coach Gary Barnett and athletic director Dick Tharp. Byyny's resignation comes two weeks after Tharp resigned his position.
Still, those in the CU community had good things to say about Byyny Tuesday as he circulated a letter explaining his move within the CU system.
"As chancellor, Dick Byyny has had a tremendous impact on the high quality of learning and discovery that occurs on the Boulder campus," Hoffman said. "His focus on quality can be seen in the caliber of people and programs throughout the campus, the relationships he has built with our communities, and in the overall academic reputation of the university.
"I'm especially pleased that Dick will continue to be part of the university family as he pursues a field for which he has great passion."
Byyny said he is particularly proud of accomplishments in strategic planning, administrative reorganization, budget management, faculty support, undergraduate education, fund-raising and facilities development during his tenure as chancellor.
Under Byyny's leadership, the campus has grown in size and reputation. In 2001, CU-Boulder celebrated both its 125th anniversary and the awarding of two more Nobel Prizes to campus faculty. During his eight-year tenure, federal research grants to campus faculty climbed from $174 million to more than $260 million annually. The number of endowed faculty chairs has grown from six to 26 in the past eight years.
"I'm very sorry the Boulder campus is losing the outstanding leadership of Chancellor Byyny," said Barbara Bintliff, chair of the Boulder Faculty Assembly. "The campus has grown and prospered under his guidance over the past eight years. He has been a strong and compassionate chancellor and an effective advocate for the faculty."
Byyny will begin his new position March 1. He will continue as CU-Boulder chancellor until an interim chancellor is named.
CU Names Assistant AD/Compliance
The University of Colorado announced Tuesday the hiring of Julie Manning as Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Financial Aid.
Manning fills the position vacated by Lindsey Babcock, who left the university in October to join the Atlantic Coast Conference in a similar capacity.
Manning comes to the CU campus from Iowa State University where she has served as the Cyclones' head women's golf coach since 1985, assistant to the senior associate athletic director from 1999-03 and interim senior woman administrator in 2000.