Excellence in Research, Record Research Funding and Continued Growth Highlight State of the University

During the past five years, Colorado State University has made significant strides in stabilizing its budget, strengthening its academic leadership, and pursuing scientific discovery, President Larry Edward Penley said during his annual State of the University address today before the Fort Collins Rotary Club.

Colorado State is continuing its growth with a series of new buildings including facilities for computer sciences, athletics and the Veterinary Medical Center.

Penley said the new facilities will fuel Colorado State’s expansion and continue to move forward the university’s research and innovation. He pointed to CSU’s Superclusters initiative, which links academic achievements with a business infrastructure. CSU is now operating Superclusters focused on clean energy, infectious disease and cancer.

"There is so much that is right about the institution," Penley said. "From the strengths that I saw in 2003, to what we’ve built on to today, we have a wonderful land grant university."

CSU continues to lead the way in environmental stewardship, aiming for high marks in environmental building practices, while continuing the university’s strong legacy of environmental research.

Among other university highlights, Penley noted continued increases in student enrollment; increased national awareness of the university; a record of $297 million in research expenditures in 2007; and an additional $11 million funding from the Colorado Legislature.

The additional state funding, he said, will be used for student financial aid, an additional 10 facility positions, additional support for Superclusters and economic development, improvements to campus security, and improved research facilities, among other areas.

Penley added that the culture at the university is changing to one of service to community and the world through creative and entrepreneurial endeavors. He said that the university must continue be transparent and accountable.   

Today’s speech was the 54th Community State of the University Address, a spring event that began in 1954with former Colorado State University President Emeritus William Morgan.