I’d like to conclude my privileged time as your chancellor by thanking you, our faculty and staff, who work so hard daily and who collectively form the heart of this university. I’d also like to invite you to view a videotaped conversation I had recently with incoming chancellor Don Elliman. I have no doubt that Don will lead the University of Colorado Denver │ Anschutz Medical Campus in its upward trajectory as one of the nation’s leading urban research universities.
When I arrived in 2010, I was given a number of charges, among them to increase partnerships and to raise the university’s profile positively in the community. I can’t give enough credit to Provost and Vice Chancellor Rod Nairn for the work he did on accreditation, which was clearly exemplary and helped us progress on branding our two-campus identity. I am also particularly pleased with the diverse spectrum of partnerships we’ve developed, including those between the two campuses, with community colleges in the form of the Admissions Promise, with area businesses in a number of new programs at the Business School and with the community in supporting veterans through CU Denver Boots to Suits.
I believe that one of the university’s greatest assets is the momentum we have generated. It’s palpable in the ongoing physical transformation underway at both campuses: both the remarkable conversion of the Anschutz Medical Campus from a former military base to a nationally leading site for healthcare research, clinical care and education, and the extension of the Denver Campus into the heart of downtown along the Lawrence Street Education Corridor, anchored by the fabulous new Business School building. Our momentum is also evident in the impressive programs and projects you’ve developed for the good of students and faculty, as well as the new grant opportunities you’ve opened for continued research expansion.
I am proud to have contributed to the legacy of the university, one whose momentum can only build under the leadership of Don Elliman. I know you join me in wishing Don the best as he continues to work closely with his colleagues across the two campuses to achieve even more for the university.
Thank you, and best wishes for many continued successes,
Jerry Wartgow, PhD
University of Colorado
Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus