The following is a timeline of what's unfolded since UND President Mark Kennedy became the lone finalist for the presidency at the University of Colorado:


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Mark Kennedy rumored to be leaving UND: Rumors circulated April 9 through the North Dakota State Capitol that Kennedy may be up for a position in Colorado.

Kennedy says Colorado post is 'positive reflection on UND': Kennedy pens an open letter April 10 to the UND community that expresses excitement about the new opportunity but also states that he would be "sorry to leave UND."

'Hogwash': Kennedy comments draw wide criticism from community, state leaders: Officials react negatively to a comment Kennedy made to a Boulder newspaper April 10 about his decision earlier in the year to promote his assistant, Angelique Foster, to chief of staff and allow her to work remotely. The decision was not well-received, and Kennedy told the Boulder Daily Camera the backlash was partly because "some people couldn't understand how a young African-American woman from the South could be as qualified and worthy" to do the job. Also the same day, a CU regent tweeted about having second thoughts on Kennedy's nomination after finding out about his congressional voting record.

Herald report led to rushed release naming Kennedy: A CU spokesperson said the Herald's April 9 report caused them to release Kennedy's name as finalist earlier than planned.

• Kennedy writes open letter to University of Colorado community: Kennedy wrote a letter to the CU community April 12 expressing his excitement at the opportunity and addressing concerns regarding his congressional voting record. He said his thinking on LGBTQ+ issues has changed since his time in Congress and he implemented anti-discrimination policies at UND.

NDUS chancellor to Kennedy: 'I accept your de facto notice of resignation': North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott sent Kennedy a letter April 12 accepting a "de facto notice of resignation" in light of his remarks to the campus and media that he would be departing UND in June.

Kennedy to Hagerott: 'I have not resigned': Kennedy replies April 13 and tells Hagerott he has not yet resigned, as there is a 14-day waiting period before CU regents vote on a presidential finalist. He said he would submit a formal resignation if he plans to leave.

If Kennedy leaves, Schafer would consider fill-in role: Former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer said April 15 he would consider a role as interim president if Kennedy leaves, but would not be a candidate for a full-time role. Schafer was interim president in 2016 before Kennedy took the post.

State Board of Higher Education not forcing Kennedy to resign, chair says: Don Morton, chair of the State Board of Higher Education, said April 15 the board is not forcing Kennedy to resign and he would be welcome to stay should he choose to.

Kris Engelstad McGarry talks about strained relationship with UND president: Kris Engelstad McGarry, daughter of late Ralph Engelstad and major philanthropic donor to UND, describes her tenuous relationship with Kennedy after a campus speech April 16.

Traynor: Letter to Kennedy meant to 'protect the state': A lawyer who serves on the State Board of Higher Education said Chancellor Mark Hagerott's letter to Kennedy was an attempt to 'protect the state' because Kennedy's contract does not include a clause that discusses what happens if he is to break the terms.

• CU officials visit UND: Two CU officials visited UND's campus Thursday to speak with students and staff about Kennedy. Patrick O'Rourke, vice president of the University Counsel and secretary of the Board of Regents, and Kathy Nesbitt, vice president for administration, were in Grand Forks.

Colorado governor urges regents to find candidate who 'unites the board': Colorado Gov. Jared Polis tweeted April 18 he would like to see a new candidate brought forward for the presidency who "unites the board."

• Kennedy visits CU next week: Kennedy plans to visit each of the four campuses in the CU System next week and meet with officials.