Hayward picked as CU's visiting conservative

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- A government and history professor at Ohio's Ashland University and former think tank fellow will be the resident conservative at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

CU on Wednesday named Steven Hayward as its visiting scholar in conservative thought and policy, a new temporary position paid for with more than $1 million in private funds.

Hayward has written books on Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill as well the Biblical perspective on nature.

He likened his position at the liberal stronghold of CU to being a panda bear at a zoo. He said he wants to include the conservative perspective in his classes but won't advocate for conservatism.

The university first unveiled plans to establish a visiting scholar endowment in 2007 but the economic downturn forced the school to scale back the plan.