“The University of Colorado Denver educates the diverse talent pool so vital to the success of the Rocky Mountain region. There is no better investment to be made in our collective future.”
- Laura (’94) and Dave (’82) Baker
University of Colorado Denver
Volunteer Chairs, Creating Futures Campaign
As alumni of the University of Colorado Denver, Dave and Laura Baker have first-hand knowledge of the value of a CU education—and the experience of how such preparation, combined with support such as the Bakers have demonstrated, can contribute to making a positive impact in the community.
Both were the first in their family to attend college. Dave credits his education with propelling him into a very successful career with FirstBank. Laura attended later in life and her degree opened doors to a rewarding business career that she wouldn’t have pursued otherwise. As President of FirstBank Holding Company, Dave chairs the University of Colorado Denver’s Business School Board of Advisors, and serves on the School’s steering committee for the new building campaign. Dave is recipient of the University of Colorado Board of Regents Distinguished Service Award and he is also a member of the CU Foundation Board of Trustees. He affirmed the role that this board plays in the success of the school. “In addition to assisting with traditional fund raising activities, the board is an important part of the increased collaboration between the business community and the Business School. This collaboration leads to improved outcomes, both for the students and for the businesses that ultimately utilize their skills.” Dave and Laura Baker’s gift to the building campaign will help establish a finance classroom in the new Business School building; he also gives the FirstBank Scholars program, which supports the University Honors and Leaders program.
The Bakers’ leadership in the Creating Futures campaign is helping CU Denver to continue its role as a leading edge urban university.