Inauguration of Larry Edward Penley as Colorado State University’s 13th President is April 22

Note to Editors: Print and broadcast reporters are welcome to cover the academic procession and inaugural convocation. A multiple outlet box will be available at Moby for media use. Media parking will be available in front of Ammons Hall for those who wish to cover the academic procession. Parking also will be available in the lot west of Moby.

Ceremonies to inaugurate Larry Edward Penley as the 13th president of Colorado State University and the third chancellor of the CSU System will take place on April 22.

The public is invited to view the academic procession that begins at 2:15 p.m. at the historic Oval on campus. The procession, which will include dignitaries and campus representatives dressed in academic regalia, will proceed along University Avenue west to Moby Arena, where the inaugural convocation will begin at 3 p.m.  

In the event of inclement weather, the academic processional from the Oval to Moby Arena will not occur, but the inaugural convocation will begin in Moby at 3 p.m. as scheduled. Check or (970) 491-SNOW for more information in the case of inclement weather.

Guests are encouraged to arrive at Moby before 3 p.m. A campus and community reception follows at 4 p.m. on the south concourse of Moby.

Presiding over the ceremony will be Peter Nicholls, provost and academic vice president.

Participants in the inaugural event will include Gov. Bill Owens, who will welcome President Penley; and greetings to the president by Jesse Lauchner, president of the Associated Students of Colorado State University; Michael Swanson, president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors; Deanna Adams, chairwoman of the Classified Personnel Council; Katherine Timm, chairwoman of the Administrative Professional Council; and Charles W. Miller, chairman of Faculty Council and professor of biomedical sciences.

Following the greetings, Donald Hamstra, president of the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System, will invest Penley as the university’s 13th president. Penley then will deliver his address, "In the Public Interest: Building a Great Research University."

"President Penley will deliver his vision of the future of Colorado State and discuss how the university will address the challenges ahead in higher education and in our global environment," Nicholls said. "Since he first arrived on campus as president in August 2003, Dr. Penley has been visiting colleges and departments throughout campus and talking with faculty, students and staff to gain a deeper understanding of the institution as a whole. He has great plans for our great university."  

For more information on the inauguration of President Larry Penley, call (970) 491-4601 or send e-mail to