I am humbled to be given the opportunity to lead the University of Colorado Colorado Springs as its interim chancellor.
After 25 years as a member of this faculty, a dean and an academic administrator, I am pleased to give back to the university that has helped me grow both personally and professionally. My title is interim. My responsibilities are not.
I look forward to continuing the momentum of UCCS and Dr. Shockley-Zalabak. I am committed to a culture of respect, safety and compassion and to upholding the university's values of student focus, integration of research, teaching and creative work, innovation, collaboration, inclusive diversity and dynamic responsible growth.
There is no university in America with a mission quite like that of UCCS. More than one-third of our students come from low-income families or are the first in their families to attend college. If we can help those students graduate, we induce change that affects generations. UCCS is truly dedicated to the public good in southern Colorado and beyond.
"I look forward to creating a shared vision with all who teach, research, learn, administer, work on the campus and who work in our community."
The people who make this university special – its students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and community members – will carry forward this university using the values we have established.
I look forward to creating a shared vision with all who teach, research, learn, administer, work on the campus and who work in our community. This university belongs to the community and the community belongs to this university. We will continue to build it together.