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Advisory Councils

President Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

Davidson is the ninth president of MSU Denver. She is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served as the undersecretary of the Navy prior to joining the University in July 2017. Her top priority is ensuring that students receive the support they need to graduate, get good jobs and move up the economic ladder.

Inclusive Leadership

President Davidson believes great leadership needs to be inclusive, and that diverse voices and shared ownership ensures better decision-making and a stronger organizational culture. Learn more.

President’s Advisory Councils

The purpose of the advisory councils is to create a structure in which people from every corner of campus can work together to address issues of critical importance to MSU Denver. They are intended to provide an inclusive forum to bring forward the best ideas for making our University more effective and successful in achieving its goals.         

There were originally six councils. Three of those continue their work today. Three were sunset, with their excellent work now being advanced through other taskforces and committees.

All University community members are encouraged to participate in these councils. Contact one of the leads below for more information.


Academic Excellence and Student Success

This council brings strategic, long-term planning to the ways MSU Denver addresses the areas of academic excellence and student success by bringing together diverse perspectives from across the University.


Matt Forcella, professional academic advisor, Department of Psychology

Kristy Lyons, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Psychology


Built Environment and Infrastructure

This council focuses on the challenges and potential of the space on the MSU Denver campuses and ensures that the space aligns with the academic priorities of the institution.


Amy Kern, assistant professor, Department of Industrial Design

Tina Wells, director of facilities planning and space management


Culture and Workplace

This council identifies issues and develops recommendations to improve the employee experience and aid the University in attracting and retaining a diverse and highly qualified workforce.


Bill Carnes, D.M., professor, Department of Management

John Kietzmann, associate director of athletics for marketing and promotions/external relations


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