July 17 2009, 10:13 AM
After being chosen behind closed doors as the sole finalist to become Colorado State University's chancellor, Joe Blake now says he's ready to run an "open and transparent" system, writes the Fort Collins Coloradoan, one of several news organizations that joined forces in the courts to reveal the questionable process behind Blake's selection. The Coloradoan, The Pueblo Chieftain, and the Colorado Independent sued CSU's Board of Governors (Blake was a member) for violating state open meetings law, and a judge ruled in favor of the media organizations (although the decision is now being reconsidered). Blake, the former president of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, tells the newspaper's editorial board, "We're going to have to be more transparent. It's how we behave that you'll judge me on, how you'll judge us on." In the spirit of Blake's promises of transparency, Face the State has published his employment contract, pointing out that he receives a salary of $275,000, a $9,000 vehicle allowance, and up to $50,000 a year in performance-based pay.