Brown, Hank - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Hank Brown's practice focuses in industry areas such as banking, water, natural resources and public affairs and includes oil and gas law and water law. Throughout his 40-year career, Hank has held several positions in public service. Most recently, Hank served as the 21st President of the University of Colorado (CU). His tenure at CU is marked by successes with record enrollment numbers, donations, diversity growth and the largest increase in state funding seen in the university’s 131-year history. His leadership was instrumental in increasing the university’s federal research funding to $640 million and reforming its governance process.

Prior to his time at CU, Hank was president and CEO of the Daniels Fund where he is credited with reducing the organization’s overhead by 35 percent and shifting $2 million per year to increase grants and scholarships. From 1998 to 2002, Hank served as the 11th president of the University of Northern Colorado. 

Hank spent six years serving Colorado in the U.S. Senate, five consecutive terms in the U.S. House representing Colorado’s 4th Congressional District and four years in the Colorado Senate. From 1969 to 1980, Hank served as vice president of Monfort of Colorado.

From 1962 to 1966 he served in the U.S. Navy, where he volunteered his service in Vietnam and was decorated for his combat service as a forward air controller.

News & Events

The Daniels Fund

National Western Stock Show

Board of Directors, Guaranty Bancorp

University of Colorado, numerous activities on behalf of the university

Publications & Presentations
  • J.D., 1969, University of Colorado Law School
  • LL.M., 1984, The George Washington University
  • B.S., 1961, University of Colorado
  • Colorado

2016 Leadership Program of the Rockies Legacy Award Winner

2008 Citizen of the West Award, National Western Stock Show

Former Quigg and Virginia S. Newton Endowed Chair, University of Colorado


American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association