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As the chief fundraiser in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Rick Brase’s new role as director of development will likely call upon his background and long history in agriculture, his active and ambitious alumnus status, and his experience as a long-time donor and Rams fan.
"We are thrilled to have Rick on board with the College of Agricultural Sciences," said Joyce Berry, vice president for Advancement and Strategic Initiatives. "His unique experience and knowledge of agriculture allows us to strengthen our connections with donors and alumni about the profound effect research and current agricultural practices taught at Colorado State University have on our state, the region, and the entire world."
Growing up in the farming communities of southeastern Colorado, Brase comes with an understanding of the agricultural way of life. His family’s farm, now in its third generation, started operations at the hands of his grandparents in the 1930’s. Additionally, his 32-year career as a real estate lender, developer and broker will help to serve both the needs of donors and the College.
"I am delighted that Rick has accepted the position of Director of Development in the College of Agricultural Sciences," said the College’s new dean, Craig Beyrouty. "In his new role, Rick is excited to reach out to our alumni and friends, keeping them connected to their institution and assisting them in supporting our efforts to improve the quality of life for our citizens through education, research, and outreach."
A 1968 graduate of the College’s agricultural business program, Brase shares a mutual respect of Colorado State and the College from both a student and alumni perspective. "My experience as a student at Colorado State was one of the best parts of my life," said Brase. "Being involved as an alumnus is an extension of the college experience. It has allowed me to keep current with the growth of the campus, meet new alums of all ages, and get to know the students who are the future of our University." In 1983, Brase helped to build an alumni chapter in Las Vegas where he lived. He is also a lifetime member of the CSU Alumni Association.
"I am excited about Brase joining the College. He is an alum and a long-time supporter of our CSU agricultural programs," said Lee Sommers, interim dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. "His connections with our college alumni, as well with the agricultural industry throughout Colorado, will be a tremendous asset to us as we strive to enhance overall support for our programs related to students, faculty and facilities."
Not only does Brase share the student and alumni experience at Colorado State, but he has shared the donor experience for over 20 years. Brase is a charter member of the CSU Beef Club, an organization consisting of graduates and friends from the College of Agricultural Sciences that strives to support students both in agricultural programs and in athletics. He was also the lead alumnus who worked to establish an endowment for the Class of 1968 to celebrate their 25th Anniversary, which supports future students through annual scholarships. "This is truly a labor of love for me," said Brase.
Brase will begin leading the College’s development initiatives in mid-May. While focused on the future and the continued success of the College’s agricultural programs, this new position has brought out the nostalgia in Brase. "I attended my first alumni function in Rocky Ford, Colo. in 1969," Brase said. "Fum McGraw and Jasper French were the Colorado State representatives at the meeting. I felt that if the university was important to these distinguished men, then it should be important to me too."