The announcement that former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown will become president of the University of Colorado in August has produced effusive praise across the state. The governor, state legislators and editorial writers have gushed over the selection of the former president of the University of Northern Colorado and all-around nice guy.

Expectations are in the stratosphere.

It's as if the mild-mannered Brown is about to slip into a red cape and some blue tights and, faster than a speeding bullet, rescue CU from its 18-month- long public relations free-fall.

It would be nice.