"The university should be trying to hire the best faculty, and that should be the only criterion," said Oliver McBryan, professor of computer science emeritus at the Boulder campus. "If you start trying to interject other criteria, you're not going to get the best candidates, and you may even drive some of them away."
"Researchers are people whose minds are very open to new ideas, which means they aren't conservative," Mr. McBryan said. "Conservatives are more likely to prefer the status quo. ... Professors are more likely to be liberal-oriented because they search for and are open to new ideas."