St. Mary’s executive joins in search for new CU president

Brian Davidson
Brian Davidson

A Grand Junction hospital executive has been selected to serve as the only Western Colorado representative on a committee searching for a new president of the University of Colorado.

Dr. Brian Davidson, president of St. Mary’s Medical Center, will serve on a committee tasked with finding a successor to Bruce Benson. Benson plans to retire in July at the end of an 11-year tenure, the longest for a CU president in 65 years.

The CU board of regents named Davidson as one of two people to represent alumni on the committee. The group also includes one dean, one student, one staff member, four faculty members and four community members. CU Regents Heidi Ganahl and Irene Griego will serve as co-chairs.

“We’re pleased to have an engaged, diverse committee that represents CU’s key constituents, both inside and outside the university,” said Sue Sharkey, chair of the CU board of regents. “Selecting the next CU president is a critically important task, and we feel we have the right people involved.”

The committee will assist the board, which is responsible for naming the next president. The effort is expected to last through late spring.

The University of Colorado operates campuses in Boulder, Colorado Springs and Denver as well as the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Benson has served as CU president since March 2008.

Davidson served his residency in anesthesiology and fellowship in health care administration at the University of Colorado Hospital. He earned his master’s of business administration degree from CU and served as medical director of operating rooms and vice-chairman of anesthesiology at the UCHealth Anschutz Medical Campus.

Davidson is among only 5 percent of hospital administrators in the United States who are also doctors. He was among a group of emerging leaders age 40 or younger recognized for their contributions to the health care industry in the 2017 class of up and comers honored by Modern Healthcare, which publishes a weekly magazine with the same name and also reports on business, policies and research through websites, newsletters and other sources.