Coloradan Magazine

University of Colorado Boulder

Q&A With The President – Bruce D. Benson

CU President Bruce D. Benson (Geol’64, HonDocSci’04) celebrated his sixth year on the job in March, becoming the longest-serving CU president in 50 years. Under his watch, the university has followed a deliberate course, surviving the worst economic downturn in 75 years and positioning itself for the future.

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From the President

Enhancing connections with alumni was one of the compelling reasons for CU to join the Pac-12 Conference. Numbers alone tell a story. CU-Boulder has some 38,000 alumni in Pac-12 states, and there are more than 51,000 alumni from all our campuses. In the Big 12 footprint, we had fewer than 12,000. All counts exclude Colorado.

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From the President

CU’s four campuses boast nearly 350,000 alumni around the world. While their stories are diverse, a common thread is they make a difference in lives, communities and professions.

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Advice for life

One of the best things about serving as president of our great university is commencement. For graduates, it is both the culmination of years of hard work and the beginning of the next chapter of their lives. It’s fun to be there when students become alumni to share the excitement of accomplishment and the anticipation of things to come.

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Alumni confidence shapes university

In this difficult economy, where news ranges from bad to horrible, positive signs are always welcome. So it was gratifying to learn from figures tallied at fiscal-year end on June 30 that the University of Colorado recorded its second-best fundraising year.

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Higher education provides ongoing return

Given our significant role in economic development and long-term prosperity, it’s puzzling to see the value that Colorado and other states place on higher education. Across the country, public colleges and universities are bearing the brunt of the poor economy.

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