University of Colorado

A Message from the President

February 2012

Leading leaders

Dear Friends and Alumni,

President Bruce Benson
President Bruce Benson

The University of Colorado is fortunate to have exceptional leaders throughout the organization. From the emerging leadership of our students to accomplished faculty who are on the leading edge of their fields nationally and internationally, CU's people make our university special.

We have been particularly lucky to have great, veteran leaders at the helm of our campuses. Phil DiStefano in Boulder, Pam Shockley-Zalabak at Colorado Springs, Lilly Marks at the Anschutz Medical Campus and Jerry Wartgow at Denver are all accomplished veterans who are deeply committed to CU.

We are fortunate to add a new leader to our efforts. Today I named Don Elliman interim chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus. He will replace Jerry Wartgow, who will retire in March. I had hoped Jerry would stay longer. In two short years, he has implemented successful initiatives, created important partnerships, improved campus infrastructure and raised our profile. CU is a better place because of his efforts.

Don Elliman
Don Elliman
I expect similar success from Don Elliman. He earned a national and international reputation during his 30-plus year career at Time Inc., where he served as president of Sports Illustrated and publisher of People magazine. After moving to Colorado in 1997, he became CEO of Ascent Communications (later Kroenke Sports), owners of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and the Pepsi Center in Denver.

After retiring from business, former Gov. Bill Ritter appointed him director of the state Office of Economic Development and later chief operating officer for the State of Colorado. Additionally, he has served as chair of the board of Children's Hospital Colorado and chair of its foundation board. He was instrumental in the hospital's move to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

In 2011, Don joined CU as executive director of the Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology. He has led several special projects at CU, including efforts to increase research collaborations across our campuses and enhance licensing of intellectual property.

Don and Lilly Marks, executive vice chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus and vice president for health affairs for the University of Colorado, will collaborate on several critical issues, including hospital affiliations and the work of the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, which is developing a biosciences park adjacent to campus.

Don will also continue the substantial forward momentum of our Denver campus, furthering connections with the business community and community colleges in the Denver area, building on the success of our academic programs and addressing critical infrastructure needs.

Leadership matters, and CU is lucky to have the type of people we do in key roles. Don Elliman will be a great addition to our team. His experience and expertise in business, government and education will serve him well in his new role. And I have every confidence his success will serve CU equally as well.

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Bruce D. Benson
Bruce Benson

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