The owner of the Fort Collins Coloradoan and USA Today on Monday formally rejected a $1.3 billion buyout bid from the owner of the Denver Post, saying the offer was too low.
Officials at the University of Colorado said Brown died of complications from a brief illness.
Digital First Media has a reputation for stringent, painful cost-cutting.
An editor of The Colorado Independent was handcuffed for taking photos of a naked, black man being handcuffed in public.
“Build something impressive, do great work, and do journalism that people value and that they will want to support,” said co-founding editor Larry Ryckman.
Plunkett will bring more than 20 years of newsroom experience to the University of Colorado Boulder.
The Chieftain will join 560 other community newspapers nationwide owned by GateHouse. Critics say the national media group profits by cutting local news operations.
Dean Singleton owned the newspaper from 1987 until 2013 and saw it through tough economic times and an intense rivalry with the Rocky Mountain News.
The Salt Lake Tribune was once owned by the same hedge fund that owns The Denver Post. The Utah paper was sold to a prominent local family in 2016 — and has since thrived.
The Denver Post announced last week it was laying off more employees in the newsroom. Critics say the newspaper's owners are sacrificing quality for profits.