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Intellectually stimulating leadership exploration

MetroLeads (Metropolitan State University of Denver's Leadership Program) provides an intellectually stimulating career exploration and discovery experience for administrators, faculty, adjunct faculty, and classified staff that have demonstrated and/or desire to demonstrate exceptional promise in contributing to excellence at MSU Denver.

“At MSU Denver, our slogan "Where Success Begins with You" is more than a catch-phrase; it is a uniting concept born of our own identity. MSU Denver was built upon the leadership of social visionaries, and in our shared pursuit of preeminence, the abundance of leadership among our ranks must continue to be cultivated.” 
– President Stephen Jordan


In 2005, Assistant Director of Admissions, Paul Cesare, ignited by President Jordan’s vision for MSU Denver to become the preeminent urban college in the nation, along with First Lady, Ruthie Jordan, initiated the MetroLeads Leadership Program. A proposal (39 KB)  was submitted and approved by the Vice-Presidents and extended Cabinet. MetroLeads selected its first class of 20 MetroLeaders in June 2006 and launched its first Retreat on Friday/Saturday, August 18 & 19, 2006. MetroLeads is housed under the Office of the President.


MetroLeads is based on the belief that organizational growth is predicated on employee growth.


Program participants, or MetroLeaders, engage in wide ranging discussions and learning activities related to critical issues and opportunities that arise in leading and managing the higher education enterprise. The President serves as Program Chair. The President, Vice Presidents and Program Director participate in MetroLeads activities as schedules permit.



MetroLeads is a twelve-month commitment and includes a two-day retreat, eight seminars, as well as other engaging and enriching experiences to complement the experience. MetroLeaders must attend the retreat and at least seven of the eight seminars. Supervisor approval is required.

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