The University of Colorado (CU) named José Padilla vice president, general counsel and secretary of the board of regents.

Padilla, currently vice president, general counsel and secretary at DePaul University in Chicago, will begin his duties at CU on July 6. He has deep and wide-ranging experience in higher education, public policy, community engagement, and government.

Padilla will serve as secretary to CU’s elected nine-member governing board, as well as oversee a legal team of 28 attorneys who provide comprehensive legal services to CU’s four campuses and system administration. He replaces Patrick O’Rourke, who left in February to become interim chief operating officer of CU’s Boulder campus.