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President Penley Focuses on Service to the State During Inaugural Address
Colorado State University President Larry Edward Penley issued promises to the people of Colorado during his inaugural address April 22 as part of his vision for the University's future as a great research university dedicated to serving the state and the world.
In his address to more than 1,200 attendees in Moby Arena on campus, Dr. Penley focused his remarks on the University's obligation to serve the state through focused outreach efforts including working closely with K-12 educators and community colleges; to provide a high-quality undergraduate education to all students, regardless of background; to engage in research that serves Colorado while addressing great global challenges; and to build the financial stability necessary to meet these goals.
"This is a new age - but the traditions that we possess and the foundation that those before us have left give us hope that we can realize our 21st-century vision as a great research university in the public interest for Colorado and the world," Dr. Penley said.
In his first of four promises, Dr. Penley committed the University to service and partnership with the state. Dr. Penley said Colorado State will:
Dr. Penley's second promise centered on the delivery of a distinctive, high-quality undergraduate education. He said the University will:
Third, Dr. Penley made a commitment to focus University research on creating solutions to great global issues that also impact Colorado. He promised the University will encourage cross-disciplinary research and will place an emphasis on seeking out opportunities to accelerate transfer of technology from the lab to new applications in the state and the world.
Finally, Dr. Penley committed to building a financially stable future for the institution. He pointed to the following:
"We must take responsibility for our own fate and resolve the challenge of our financial stability, recognizing that the old ways for financing public universities are gone," Dr. Penley said. "I promise you I will work to represent CSU, CSU-Pueblo and higher education in securing their future."