11/30/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bill Ritter's Office Edited Higher Ed Chief's Resignation To Hide Dispute

The state's higher education chief edited his resignation letter at the request of the governor's office, toning down language referring to "a principled disagreement" and dropping mention of a controversial "strategic plan" altogether, records show.

Both the first draft of David Skaggs' resignation letter and his correspondence with Gov. Bill Ritter's aides refer to tensions surrounding the upcoming revamp of the state's strategy for its beleaguered higher education system. But the exact nature of the disagreement remains unclear.

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