UC Denver Chancellor Jerry Wartgow welcomed faculty, staff and students Nov. 2 at the Denver Campus, Lawrence Street Center where more than 100 filled the Terrace Room for a Town Meeting called by CU President Bruce Benson. Executive Vice President Lilly Marks greeted more than 50 participants at the Nov. 3 meeting in the Shore Family Conference Room on the Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC).
Topics included the status of the University logo and UC Denver branding. Wartgow noted that “while the process had taken awhile,” we are going forward with an interlocking CU logo. For more on the subject, he explained that we can expect specific details about what it will look like and how to use the logo “in the very near future.”
Benson focused his remarks at both sessions on the funding challenges currently facing the university. He reminded audiences that we’ve cut expenses at the System level and streamlined our structure. He said similar efforts have occurred at each campus. The president reviewed steps taken to raise tuition while also offering more financial aid to students; and he talked about continuing discussions to realize possible efficiencies in areas such as shared services System-wide and, perhaps, even across the State and Colorado higher education through partnerships with colleagues at Colorado State University (CSU).
During the AMC session, Benson expressed particular concern for that location’s programs, “There’s probably nothing I talk about more than the funding for this campus.”
Other issues the university must address by seeking inspiration from the broader business community, according to Benson, include expanding diversity, increasing our international student populations and building on the success of efforts including the CU Succeed and Pre-Collegiate Programs.
While we must address our challenges, Benson also acknowledge those assembled on behalf of all faculty and staff across the CU System whose work is “critical to create learning opportunities for the people of Colorado.” He added, “I want to thank everyone for creating a great university with a great reputation.”