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OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT


News and Updates

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.

 News and Updates 


Access Center assistant director honored for leadership

June 20, 2019

Greg Root’s own educational experiences have fueled his passion for access and inclusion in the classroom.

Award-winning excellence: Ingrid Carter

June 17, 2019

Teaching Excellence Award winner talks Peace Corps, rapport-building and twins.

Vicente Fox talks new health partnership during latest visit

June 13, 2019

Former President of Mexico and his wife, Marta Sahagún, discuss collaboration with University's Health Institute.

Hello, my name is... Christian Hardigree

June 3, 2019

The founding dean of the School of Hospitality, Events and Tourism shares the values that have made her a successful student, student-athlete, litigator and educator.

Vicente Fox to visit campus June 13

May 30, 2019

The former president of Mexico will speak about a partnership with MSU Denver’s Health Institute.

United across generations

May 30, 2019

Gary Moore is a captain and line-check airman with United Airlines. But to his sky-bound sons, he's just dad.

NCIS director to join MSU Denver faculty July 1

May 22, 2019

Federal law-enforcement expert Andrew Traver will teach in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

Becoming Ted

May 15, 2019

Saya "Ted" Richthofen turned his personal struggles into a passion for making the Auraria Campus a more welcoming place. Next up: the world.

New Colorado law extends state financial aid to Dreamers

May 13, 2019

Qualified undocumented students pay in-state tuition. Now they're eligible to receive state financial aid.

BOT approves 3% tuition increase, funding will support high-impact student services

May 13, 2019

Changes to tuition, graduate program success and faculty approved for tenure, promotion or emeritus status highlight May 9-10 gatherings.

Inside the President's Cabinet

May 9, 2019

Thursday’s meeting covered Intellectual Property policy, emergency preparedness and much more.

MSU Denver team wins top public-relations honors

May 8, 2019

The Strategy, Marketing and Communications branch won big at the 2019 Public Relations Society of America Colorado Chapter awards event.

From Davidson's Desk

April 30, 2019

Updates on Strategic Plan 2025 and the Faculty/Staff Appreciation BBQ, plus a visit from four groundbreaking political strategists.

Don’t miss “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics”

April 29, 2019

RSVP for President’s Speaker Series event featuring Donna Brazile and co-authors discussing political empowerment.

Redefining working class

April 16, 2019

Most college students also have a job. Here's how savvy undergrads are finding career-related work experience on campus.

Announcing TEDx at MSU Denver

April 16, 2019

University to host Sept. 12 event; Roadrunners invited to submit presentation proposals.

Welcome to our new Trustees

April 11, 2019

Marissa Molina and Russell Noles are appointed to the MSU Denver Board by Gov. Jared Polis; Barbara Grogan is reappointed.

MSU Denver named a top university for transfers

April 10, 2019

Learn how the University is continuing to improve and expand transfer processes and services.

From Davidson's Desk

April 3, 2019

Supporting all Roadrunners and preparing them to become the real-life superheroes our world needs.

Strategic Plan Launch and Learn series

April 1, 2019

Campus community invited to attend April 15 presentation by state demographer that will inform strategic-planning efforts.

Chart topper

March 25, 2019

DIME group rocks Billboard's 2019 list of top music business schools.

Announcing the 2025 Strategic Planning Team

March 21, 2019

The campus community is invited to an April 15 informational session to learn more about the process and what’s to come.

Save the Date: President’s Spring Update is April 18

March 21, 2018

Davidson will discuss a new strategic plan, legislative funding and much more.

MSU Denver reaffirms commitment to NCAA Division II athletics

March 18, 2019

Trustees heard arguments for remaining in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference or transitioning to the Western Athletic Conference.

Board members to vote on potential move to NCAA Division I

March 14, 2019

On Monday, Trustees heard arguments for remaining in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference or transitioning to Western Athletic Conference.

MSU Denver faculty in the media

March 11, 2019

Members share their expertise with the community.

Just keep swimming

March 6, 2019

Trailblazing U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson reflects on the value of struggle, her rise to the top levels of the military and what makes a great leader.

From Davidson's Desk

Feb. 27, 2019

President highlights exciting brand audit findings and celebrates MSU Denver's Hispanic-Serving Institution designation.

Met Media celebrates four decades of student journalism

Feb. 21, 2019

Get your 40th-anniversary edition of The Metropolitan today, and celebrate with current and former staff Feb. 27.

Rachel B. Noel winners announced

Feb. 20, 2019

Celebrate scholarship recipients and Hope for the Future honorees.

Charged up

Feb. 14, 2019

The next generation of aerospace engineers helps York Space Systems develop new satellite batteries.

Roadrunner-turned-Army top brass to speak on leadership

Feb. 14, 2019

Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson to be featured in free Women's History Month event March 4.

Inside the President's Cabinet

Feb. 14, 2019

Faculty and staff recognition, next phase of President’s Advisory Councils and Roadrunners Give Back highlight Feb. 13 meeting.

Innovation, legislation and renovation front and center at Board meeting

Feb. 13, 2019

Learn about learning assistants, collaboration on campus and at the Capitol and more from last week's session.

From Davidson’s Desk

Jan. 23, 2019

President highlights new strategic plan and invites faculty and staff to join the process

So you want to host Sportscenter?

Jan. 21, 2019

ESPN's Gary Striewski shares his strategy for capitalizing on opportunity before it's back-back-back... gone

Two Roadrunners named to Top 25 Most Powerful Women list

Jan. 16, 2019

President Janine Davidson and alumna Meranda Vieyra will be honored by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 30

Inside the President’s Cabinet

Jan. 10, 2019

Hiring-search updates, big awards and changes to Board of Trustees policies highlight Wednesday’s meeting

From Davidson's Desk

Dec. 12, 2018

President talks inclusive leadership, advisory councils and legislative messaging.

Defying the odds by crunching the numbers

Dec. 11, 2018

DACA recipient earns two accounting degrees while working full time and advocating for his peers

Board of Trustees takes on big issues at final meeting of 2018

Dec. 10, 2018

Latest on potential college realignment, next strategic plan, tuition window and campus renovation highlight last week’s session.

Former MSU Denver president retires

Nov. 26, 2018

Reflecting on Sheila Kaplan’s many contributions to MSU Denver and her legacy of leadership.

Meet the new School of Hospitality, Events and Tourism founding dean

Nov. 12, 2018

Christian Hardigree brings a wealth of industry and academic experience to her new role.

Add your voice to the affordable-housing conversation

Nov. 8, 2018

MSU Denver’s task force wants feedback from faculty, staff and students.

Inside the President's Cabinet

Nov. 8, 2018

Advisory Council leaders share achievements and recommendations, plus an extra day off for employees at Nov. 7 meeting.

Meet the new executive director of college-to-career initiatives

Nov. 6, 2018

Adrienne Martinez will officially join the MSU Denver community Dec. 3.

What you missed at the Inclusive Leadership Summit

Oct. 30, 2018

150 faculty and staff members participated in second annual gathering in support of student success.

From Davidson's Desk

Oct. 29, 2018

President talks student success, how C2 Hub will blend academic and technical skills in new monthly column.

Navigating the Future of Patient Care

Oct. 25, 2018

A $3 million grant will support a new generation of health workers, transforming how underserved Colorado communities access services.

Christine Márquez-Hudson named vice president of University Advancement

Oct. 23, 2018

New VP to start Nov. 12, aims to create culture of philanthropy to support MSU Denver’s top priorities.

Inside the President’s Cabinet

Oct. 11, 2018

Four recommendations from the President’s Advisory Council on University Policy and other updates.

What makes you angry?

Oct. 2, 2018

Distinguished thinker, Martha Nussbaum, discusses the origin of anger and disarming the politics of blame.

Three things to know about our Castro Visiting Professor

Oct. 2, 2018

Luis Urrea will visit MSU Denver on Oct. 25 to discuss immigration issues and his Pulitzer Prize-finalist book “The Devil’s Highway.”

Girl Scouts of Colorado salutes Davidson

Oct. 2, 2018

University president will be honored as a Woman of Distinction for her personal and professional contributions to the community.

Dan Baer shares his vision for the CDHE

Sept. 19, 2018

The new Colorado Department of Higher Education executive director talks about increasing credential attainment, erasing the equity gap and more.

MSU Denver aims for early HSI designation

Sept. 18, 2018

Thanks to second-wave eligibility-approval process, Hispanic-Serving Institution distinction and related funding opportunities are within reach.

Inside the President's Cabinet

Sept. 13, 2018

Updates on Culture and Workplace Advisory Council, big events and impressive achievements highlight Sept. 12 meeting.

The consummate provost

Sept. 6, 2018

Vicki Golich, Ph.D., is great at her job. But what exactly is her job?

The road ahead for higher ed

Aug. 30, 2018

Workforce development, cybersecurity snd future of higher education to be discussed at inauguration of Janine Davidson Sept. 4-7

Convocation 2018 in photos

Aug. 21, 2018

If you missed last week’s Convocation festivities, you missed a lot! Check out the best shots of this year’s celebration.

Inauguration Beer celebrates Dr. Davidson, MSU Denver beer labs

Aug. 20, 2018

A formal ribbon-cutting and keg-tapping kicks off the Presidential Inauguration of Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

Davidson strengthens commitment to serving urban students

Aug. 7, 2018

University president joins the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities executive committee.

OWOW Center takes local water conversation global

July 30, 2018

MSU Denver and Denver Botanic Gardens join United Nations’ water-stewardship think tank.

Former FDIC leader talks big banks, bubbles and Bitcoin

June 21, 2018

Thomas Hoenig, Ph.D., visits MSU Denver to discuss factors to affect economy in 2018 and beyond.

Faculty Senate year-end recap and look ahead

June 20, 2018

Senate President Matt Makley notes highlights from the previous academic year while looking ahead to 2018-19.

Inside the President’s Cabinet

June 12, 2018

Better tuition benefits and professional development, plus an update on Advisory Councils, in June 11 meeting recap.

More teachers, less cheating and value in education

May 31, 2018

MSU Denver faculty lead the charge against academic fraud at the legislative level.

HSI: what’s in it for us, where we’re heading

May 30, 2018

Update on the work done to reach Hispanic-Serving Institution status – and the millions of reasons to keep doing it.

5 Questions about the new Health Institute

May 29, 2018

Emily Matuszewicz discusses MSU Denver’s interdisciplinary answer to Colorado’s healthcare needs.

Sharing the story, winning awards

May 29, 2018

MSU Denver takes top honors for video, online newsroom and magazine from Colorado public-relations group.

Interim dean named for CLAS

May 23, 2018

Arlene Sgoutas to take leadership role for College of Letters, Arts and Sciences beginning Aug. 1.

New faculty trustee: Christopher Harder

May 22, 2018

Assistant professor of mathematics to focus on advocacy, communication and relationships to benefit students.

Recapping the year at the Capitol

May 17, 2018

See how the University’s state funding shook out and which faculty fought for new legislation.

The class of 2018, in pictures

May 14, 2018

Our Roadrunners grads did it! Here are some of the moments from the spring Commencement ceremonies.

New money, new major and new emeritus

May 7, 2018

Board of Trustees meetings included budget breakdown, approval of academic programs and an honor for former President Stephen Jordan.

Running the road out of darkness

May 7, 2018

President’s Award winner Maria Coppersmith-Buschman is living proof that resilience is real, difficulties strengthen us and living matters.

Mark your calendars for President Davidson's inauguration

May 7, 2018

First week of September to feature events and celebrations with Presidential Inauguration of Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

Q&A with Gayle Lemmon

May 3, 2018

Commencement speaker opens up about her humble roots, globe-trekking reporting and the human spirit.

DACA students shown support

May 1, 2018

Panel affirms that Dreamers are safe and secure at University, no matter what.

Designing a stellar reputation

April 25, 2018

AES Building architects garner R&D Magazine award, the second honor in two weeks for the space-age facility.

You asked. She Answered

April 17, 2018

President Janine Davidson responds to a question from the Spring Update about student-employee engagement.

Legislative update: What's at stake

April 12, 2018

Discussions between Colorado state legislative bodies near completion as JBC undertakes reconciliation process.

Inside the President's Cabinet

April 10, 2018

Emergency Preparedness Committee recommendations, commencement update and more in the April 9 meeting recap.

You asked, she answered

April 3, 2018

President Janine Davidson responds to questions about campus safety that she didn’t have time to address at the Spring Update.

Rising star: AES Building shines with prestigious honor

March 29, 2018

MSU Denver's Aerospace and engineering-sciences facility wins 2017 Downtown Denver Award for impact on the Mile High City.

You asked, she answered

March 27, 2018

President Janine Davidson responds to a question about state funding, which she didn’t have time to address at the Spring Update.

All aboard the Brain Train

March 26, 2018

Have you seen our newest urban-transit-oriented advertising campaign around town?

The second-wildest journalism teacher in the West

March 22, 2018

I'm First Gen Too: MSU Denver professor, Kenn Bisio, shares his own first-generation college experience.

Students contribute to next-generation satellite manufacturing and operation

March 20, 2018

York Space Systems opens headquarters at MSU Denver, giving students opportunities to launch into aerospace career orbit.

Spring Update focuses on working together

March 14, 2018

President Davidson discusses inclusive leadership, University funding and campus safety at the spring update.

Inside the President's Cabinet

March 13, 2018

Couldn’t make it to the March 12 President’s Cabinet meeting? The Early Bird has you covered. Here are the highlights.

President Davidson honors Collaboration and Teamwork Award recipients

Feb. 26, 2018

Members of MSU Denver’s Advancement and Marketing and Communications team were recognized with the second President’s Collaboration and Teamwork Award.

Now hiring: Vice president for student affairs

Feb. 21, 2018

The national search for a vice president for student affairs kicked off last week with a meeting between the hiring committee, search consultant and President Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

Colleges and businesses team up to fill demand for skilled workers

Feb. 14, 2018

Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute featured on PBS

Get on board

Feb. 13, 2018

Fond farewells, faculty sabbaticals and a new master’s degree among highlights from Board of ...

Inside the President's Cabinet

Feb. 12, 2018

Updates on web accessibility, SADI survey and the Student Success Council highlight Feb. 12 meeting.

Barbara Barnes Grogan inducted to Colorado Business Hall of Fame

Feb. 1, 2018

Grogan serves as vice chair of MSU Denver Board of Trustees.

MSU Denver poised to answer call for more Colorado degrees

Jan. 19, 2018

President Davidson pens column in the Denver Post, says University should be model for achieving goals...

Inside the President’s Cabinet

Jan. 15, 2018

Updates on DACA, Roadways and the president’s advisory councils highlight Jan. 15 meeting.

Joint Budget Committee hears from President Davidson

Jan. 8, 2018

President’s remarks lay out case to increase MSU Denver’s state funding.

Inside the President’s Cabinet

Dec. 12, 2017

Updates on advisory councils, emergency preparedness and tax reform among top takeaways from Dec. 11 meet

How can you give back with math?

Dec. 12, 2017

Putting statistics to work for her community adds up to a place of belonging for the President's Award

Get on board

Dec. 11, 2017

An unprecedented audit, next steps on new majors and a look at the CDHE master plan among highlights from

Taking flight

Dec. 6, 2017

President Janine Davidson is ready to pilot MSU Denver to new heights ...

New councils set to revolutionize University

Nov. 14, 2017

President Davidson lays out the framework for six universitywide advisory councils ...

Davidson to serve on national service commission

November 7, 2017 | Early Bird

President Janine Davidson was appointed to the National Commission on Military, National and Public ...

Davidson hands out first President’s Collaboration and Teamwork Award

October 24, 2017 | Early Bird

President Janine Davidson presented the inaugural President’s Collaboration and Teamwork ...

Granting access to STEM-grant access

October 23, 2017 | RED

With millions available in research funding, innovative consortium brings brains together for ...

As seen on TV? Not quite.

October 16, 2017 | RED

NCIS Director Andrew Traver shares intel on life at a federal agency, skills students need for ...

Paving the road ahead with scholarship endowment

September 22, 2017 | RED

MSU Denver Athletic Department receives gift from Rob and Molly Cohen Family Foundation.

President welcomes community questions in Town Hall event

September15,2017 | RED

Further articulating her vision for Roadrunner success, Davidson dished on mission and committed to a ...

President calls on University to hold line on American dream

September 13, 2017 | RED

Davidson rolls out vision of becoming a model urban university, continuing to offer high-value ...

President Davidson to share vision with University community

September 07, 2017 | RED

The new president will lay out her plan for the future of MSU Denver at Sept. 13 Welcome Home event.

DACA resource panel

September 14, 2017 | Early Bird

Representatives from the Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office, Faculty Senate, Immigrant ...

Will Metro State's Minority Mission Be Eclipsed By Washington Politics?

August 31, 2017 | Colorado Public Radio

Metropolitan State University of Denver has become a haven for traditionally under-represented ...

Vicente Fox talks leadership, business in uncertain times

August 30, 2017 | RED

Former Mexican president joins Gov. Hickenlooper and Canadian Consul Stephane Lessard for a spirited ...

Members of Congress visit MSU Denver during August break

August 30, 2017 | Early Bird

U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Mike Coffman, R-Colo., were on campus last week to meet ...

President Davidson hits the ground running

July 25, 2017 | Early Bird

Yesterday was my first day as president of MSU Denver, and in true Roadrunner fashion, I’m ready to ...