Joyce McConnell was inaugurated as the 15th president of Colorado State University on Thursday, Nov. 14. The 10:30 a.m. event was held at the University Center for the Art’s Griffin Concert Hall.
Broadcast-quality video and high-resolution photos of the inauguration address are available for use by the media at https://source.colostate.edu/joyce-mcconnells-inauguration-address/ and https://csuphoto.zenfolio.com/mcconnellinauguration.
Photo credit is William A. Cotton, CSU Photography.
Video credit is Colorado State University Events.
McConnell is the first woman to serve as president in CSU’s 150-year history. She is proud to lead one of our nation’s best land-grant universities and equally proud to embody the progress that CSU has made in embracing and celebrating the diversity of its campus community.
In her September Fall Address, McConnell announced a Race, Bias, and Equity Initiative to directly address the challenges that CSU is facing today. In keeping with her action-oriented leadership style, work on that initiative has already begun.
Prior to stepping into the presidency at CSU, McConnell spent more than 20 years at another flagship land-grant institution, West Virginia University. She joined the faculty of the WVU College of Law in 1995 and held progressive leadership positions thereafter. McConnell was appointed dean of the college in 2008 and immediately fundraised for a $36 million renovation and expansion of the college building. She also expanded the college’s interdisciplinary opportunities and implemented state-of-the-art experiential and clinical programs and facilities.
McConnell was named provost of West Virginia University by President Gordon Gee in 2014. In this role, she galvanized innovation and entrepreneurship at WVU with her creation of the university-wide WVU Idea Hub.
For more information, contact Jennifer Dimas at (970) 491-1543 or Jennifer.Dimas@colostate.edu.