A ceremony to officially inaugurate Joe Blake as the first sole chancellor of the Colorado State University System and Dr. Tony Frank as the 14th president of Colorado State University will be held Thursday, Sept. 17, 11:30 a.m., on the Oval, the historic heart of the CSU campus. The campus, northern Colorado and statewide communities are welcome to attend.
The public inaugural ceremony will take place in conjunction with the traditional University Fall Picnic. The ceremonies will begin with an academic procession of faculty through the Oval, followed by the inauguration of Chancellor Blake and President Frank on the north steps of the Administration Building. The annual University Picnic will begin immediately following the ceremony. The campus and larger communities also are invited to the College Street Fair featuring interactive displays and an open house from 1-3 p.m. at The Institute for Learning and Teaching Building, 801 Oval Drive.
Colorado State University faculty members received $312 million in competitive research support in fiscal year 2009, setting a new record for the University despite the economic downturn and increased competition for federal and private grant money.
For the first time in University history, faculty members submitted more than $1 billion in grant requests to public and private institutions, which was a 47.3 percent increase over 2008.
“Our researchers earn the confidence of government agencies and private-sector sponsors because they are innovative and they share that desire to improve our world – finding real solutions to real problems - with their students,” said Dr. Tony Frank, President of Colorado State University. “Record levels of research expenditures, when looked at collectively, help to illustrate the excellence of our faculty and the immense potential for discovery at a premier land-grant research university like Colorado State.”
The University has climbed near the top of the rankings in terms of research dollars. In 2007, CSU ranked 16th nationally for R&D expenditures for major universities that do not also have a medical school -- a feat accomplished with far fewer faculty than most other universities.