Colorado State University to bestow honorary degrees on David and Paula Edwards

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David and Paula Edwards long ago embraced Colorado State University’s land-grant mission – and then took it to an entirely different level.

David (BS Agricultural Sciences ’72) and Paula are tireless volunteers and generous philanthropists who have been helping make Northern Colorado a better place for more than 40 years. That’s why it was easy to select them to receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the College of Liberal Arts at the spring 2014 graduation ceremony.

The Edwards have served on dozens of boards, performed thousands of volunteer hours and donated their treasure to support numerous community causes, including the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, UniverCity Connections, Discovery Science Museum, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce and many others.

At CSU, they were part of the Campaign Leadership Council, the hand-picked team that helped spearhead the University’s successful $500 million capital campaign completed in 2013. They were co-chairs of the College of Liberal Arts Development Council, and in 2009 received the Charles A. Lory Public Service Award at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony.

“Through their amazing philanthropic spirit, donation of time and money, and civic leadership, the Edwards have made an extraordinary impact on the Colorado State University community and the people of Fort Collins,” said Ann Gill, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “The nomination of Dave and Paula for an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from CSU is well deserved.”

The Edwards have supported campus arts programs, athletics, scholarships and faculty development.