As President Benson wrote to you last week, I will be retiring from my position as chancellor at the end of March.
Though it is with mixed emotions that I am leaving this wonderful university, which has been a source of great personal and professional pride and satisfaction, I head into retirement confident that the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus will continue to flourish and grow. It is truly because of you, our dedicated faculty and staff, that we have achieved such positive momentum in so many areas.
I have no doubt that, with your continued commitment and enthusiasm, our newly appointed interim chancellor, Don Elliman, will maintain this momentum. Don has had a remarkably successful career in business, government and education—including as director of the Office of Economic Development and chief operating officer for Gov. Bill Ritter and, most recently, as the executive director of the Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology. We are fortunate to have someone of Don’s caliber assume the helm.
I will be working closely with Don over the next eight weeks to assure a smooth transition. I know he is eager to get to know many of you personally. In town hall meetings over the next two weeks, he will talk with you about his vision for the future and answer your questions about his plans. Here are the meeting details:
Anschutz Medical Campus
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 5 p.m.
Nighthorse Campbell Building, Shore Family Forum
Monday, Feb. 20, 12 p.m.
Lawrence Street Center, 2nd Floor, Terrace Room
I urge you to come to the town hall meetings, to meet Don and to welcome and support him with the same level of generosity and energy that has made my tenure here so extraordinary and fulfilling.
Thank you, and my heartfelt best wishes to the university always.
Jerry Wartgow, PhD
University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus