CSU Holds Stakeholder Input Forums for New Chancellor

The Colorado State University System has been holding a series of open forums to solicit input from stakeholders regarding desired attributes of a CSU System Chancellor.

The final two stakeholder input forms will be held in Denver on Feb. 9th and in Fort Collins on Feb. 10th at the campus.

CSU System Board of Governors Chair, Douglas Jones selected two respected individuals to co-chair the open forums serving as facilitators: Diane Evans, former treasurer of the CSU Board of Governors, who also co-chaired the CSU-Pueblo presidential search that selected Joseph Garcia; and Dick Robinson, co-CEO of Robinson Dairy, who is a past CSU governing board chair as well as a CSU alumnus. The co-chairs will be joined by Stephen Portch, a highly regarded expert and consultant in higher education reform, who has been working with the board to analyze a system structure that will be in the best interest for the campuses and their students, faculty and staff. Portch, who is a former chancellor of the University System of Georgia, will assist the co-chairs in facilitating the Denver and Fort Collins forums next week.

"This is a critical public position for the university and the state. It comes with tremendous responsibility and accountability," said board chair, Jones. "At the board’s December public meeting, the board came to a consensus that before a search begins, it was incumbent on us to hear from CSU stakeholders about what they would like in a new chancellor."

Open and inclusive stakeholder meetings have been held in Sterling and Pueblo. In addition to next week’s meetings, there will be a video conference session to connect with the communities in Alamosa, Durango and Grand Junction.

While the forums will have time slots targeted to certain stakeholders, all members of the community are welcome at any time, with the exception of specific lunch events.

A web site, www.csusystem.edu, features updated chancellor search information and a stakeholder input form for individuals to submit comments on the characteristics and qualifications they deem important for a new CSU System chancellor.

Stakeholder input forums:

Feb. 9


Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, 1445 Market Street, 4th floor – RSVP required 303.534.6290


South Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

6840 South University Blvd, Centennial

Lunch provided – RSVP required 303.534.6290


Video conference with Alamosa, Durango and Grand Junction communities

Alamosa – Trinidad Valley Campus, Alamosa, 1011 Main Street. Room 124, Auditorium

Durango – La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave.  Lightener Room

Grand Junction – Western Colorado Community College, Building B, Room 171, 2520 Blichmann Ave

Feb. 10

CSU Fort Collins campus, Lory Student Center, Grey Rock Room


Staff, state classified, AP council


Faculty and faculty council


Students and student government


Deans council and VP cabinet


Donors, invite only


Business community and elected officials


Alumni and athletic supporters

Feb. 11


State Capitol, Old Supreme Court Chambers

State legislators and staff

The Colorado State University System Board of Governors is appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the State Senate, to serve up to two consecutive four-year terms. The Board consists of nine voting members representing diverse backgrounds reflective of Colorado. These nine members each dedicate and volunteer their time to ensure effective management, accountability and responsible leadership of all the CSU System campuses – Fort Collins, Pueblo and the new online Global Campus.

Colorado State University’s three campuses attract about 27,000 new and returning scholars annually. Highly skilled graduates number more than 6,500 a year, and more than 150,000 alumni live throughout the state, nation and world. As part of its mission as a land-grant university, CSU Extension has offices in 59 of 64 Colorado counties delivering research-based information, educational and 4-H programs. CSU is home to several top centers and programs, including the top-ranked veterinary medicine program. CSU’s faculty have annual research expenditures totaling $293.5 million. The total CSU System budget for the current fiscal year is $914.1 million.