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Metro State Honors Larry Strutton at Leadership Circle Program


Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: May 31, 2011



(Denver, Colo.) — Metropolitan State College Denver will recognize alumnus Larry Strutton with the Inspiration and Action Award at a special Leadership Circle event on Wednesday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Center for Visual Art.

Larry Strutton, retired publisher of the Rocky Mountain News, served on the Metro State Foundation Board from 1995-2001, and also was its chair. Strutton advocated with the state legislature for Metro State to have its own governing board, and in 2001 he testified at the legislature on the College’s behalf. In 2002, Gov. Bill Owens signed into law the bill that established the Metro State Board of Trustees.

Strutton will be the second person ever to receive the Inspiration and Action Award. Charles Gallagher, foundation emeritus member and the originator of the PaceSetter Scholarship program, received the award in 2009. Charles Gallagher and Leo Kiely will present Strutton with his award on behalf of the College.

The Metro State Leadership Circle, initiated in 2009 to honor the guidance and generosity to the College of several individuals, will induct its newest members this week at the special ceremony. The Leadership Circle that consisted of former Foundation Board members will expand to include former members of Metro State’s Board of Trustees and Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Adele Phelan, who served on the Board of Trustees from its inception in 2002 until earlier this year, will also be given special recognition.

“The Leadership Circle provides us the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of all of our former board members,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Foundation Executive Director Carrie Besnette Hauser. “Their leadership over the years has been invaluable in propelling Metro State to its current success as the institution that serves more undergraduate Coloradans than any other, and we are grateful for their service.”

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About Metropolitan State College of Denver
With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, and will offer a master’s in social work starting fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts more than 70,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.