Three candidates for Vice President for Development and University
Relations at Colorado State University will visit campus during December
to meet the University community at a series of open forums. Mary
Anna Dunn, Daniel Peterson, and Daniel Hendricks are the three finalists
for the position. Dunn was Senior Vice President for Development from
1992-2002 and currently is Executive Vice President at the University
of Colorado Foundation in Boulder, Colo. Peterson has served as Senior
Vice President at the Washington State University Foundation since
2002. His previous position there was Vice President and Director
of Gift Planning. Hendricks currently is Vice President and Chief
Development Officer of the Louisiana State University Foundation.
- Colorado State University received a record $200 million in sponsored
research awards for fiscal year 2002-2003, $16 million more than the
previous year and a 42 percent ($59 million) increase in externally
funded research support over the past five years. Colorado State also
earned a record $30 million in indirect cost recovery - revenue received
from funding agencies targeted at reimbursing the University for costs
incurred in support of research - that is used in large part to enhance
the University's priority research and scholarly activities.
Federal funds comprised the majority (70 percent) of the sponsored awards
and totaled more than $139 million, nearly $16 million (13 percent)
more than the previous year. Commercial and other non-federal awards
made up $43 million (22 percent) of the total, with state support adding
another $17 million (8 percent of the total). Through the University's
Research Administration/Resources for Scholarly Programs (RA/RSP) initiative,
funded by indirect cost recoveries from sponsored research grants, 40
percent of indirect costs are invested directly into the colleges to
expand scientific and scholarly activities and to improve the educational
experience for students. As a result of RA/RSP and the record year in
sponsored research, Colorado State invested more than $16 million in
fiscal year 2003 to enhance research and academic excellence. This represents
a 25 percent ($4 million) increase over fiscal year 2002.
Funding through RA/RSP provided funding for major construction and renovation
projects, including renovations at the Microbiology building, a new
addition to the Atmospheric Science/CIRA facilities on the Foothills
Campus, and numerous laboratories for the advanced study of infectious
diseases. RA/RSP also provided support to the hiring and retention efforts
for diverse and underrepresented faculty: start-up funds for ISTeC,
a university-wide organization for promoting and enhancing Colorado
State's research, education and outreach activities regarding the design
and innovative application of computer and information systems; the
Undergraduate Research Symposium which recognizes and honors the achievements
of undergraduates at Colorado State in the areas of research and creativity;
support of international education and outreach programs; technology
transfer and economic development; graduate fellowships; and pilot project
- A longtime administrator and Colorado State alumna has been appointed
interim dean of the University's College of Natural Resources. Dr. Joyce
Berry, currently an Associate Dean in the College of Natural Resources,
will begin her duties as Interim Dean Jan. 1, 2004.
"Dr. Berry has served our university for the past decade through
her exceptional research, teaching and outreach efforts. She has made
strong contributions to the college and to the campus community as a
whole," said Provost Peter Nicholls. "I'm confident she will
bring to her new appointment the dedication, vision and leadership she
has demonstrated throughout her tenure at Colorado State."
Dr. Berry earned her doctorate in forestry and environmental studies
from Yale University, her master's in regional resources planning from
Colorado State University and her bachelor's in political science from
the University of California-Berkeley. Dr. Berry returned to Colorado
State in 1989 and served as director of the Environment and Natural
Resources Policy Institute from 1994-2001. She was an Assistant Dean
in the College of Natural Resources from 1999-2001 and Interim Director
of the Colorado Policy Institute from 2001-2002. She was an administrator
and instructor at Yale before coming to Colorado State. Dr. Berry will
succeed Dr. Allen Dyer, who will retire this December after 11 years
as Dean of the College of Natural Resources. A national search for a
permanent dean will take place next spring.
- Colorado State University today reported a fundraising total of more
than $61 million in total gifts and pledges for the 2002-2003 fiscal
year -- the highest amount in the school's history. Private gifts and
pledges were received from more than 27,000 donors in fiscal year 2002-2003.
Top cash gifts included the record-breaking $20.1 million gift by the
Bohemian Foundation-a gift that will support the University Center for
the Arts, an academic facility for programs in music, theatre and dance,
as well as enhance and renovate Hughes Stadium. The gift included a
$4.9 million commitment to the University Center for the Arts and a
$15.2 million commitment for the renovation of Hughes Stadium.
"Despite the economic downturn, our dedicated donors have continued
to ensure that Colorado State has the resources needed to enhance teaching,
service and research," said Jean Rahn, Executive Director of Development.
"We are truly grateful to receive the strong support of so many
friends and alumni."
Major equipment and other in-kind gifts enhanced both teaching and research
programs. These gifts included a 22-foot engine for the Department of
Mechanical Engineering, sophisticated project management software for
the Department of Construction Management, a pledge and funding for
an MRI for equine orthopaedics and two collections of valued instruments
including violins, violas and a flute for the Music Department. In addition,
Colorado State received multi-million dollar support for endowed chairs,
professorships and distinguished lecture series. Endowed chairs now
total 14, an increase of eight within the last three years.
Fundraising in 2002-03 continues an upward trend at the university.
Colorado State has reported record private support over the past several
years, including the following totals posted over the last five years:
98/99 -- $25.4 million 99/00 -- $32.3 million 00/01 -- $37.8 million
01/02 --$43.5 million 02/03 - $61.9 million. Since 1990, the university's
total invested assets have grown dramatically, increasing from $26 million
to a high of more than $133 million a decade later in 2000. The total
invested assets for the last fiscal year were at $135,765,000.