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Erin Trapp appointed to Vice President of Advancement and External Relations at Metropolitan State College of Denver

Contact: Cathy Lucas, Office 303-556-5131, Cell 303-916-1002
Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: January 6, 2012

(Denver, Colo.) —Today Metro State President Stephen Jordan announced the appointment of Erin Trapp as vice president of advancement and external relations, and foundation executive director. Trapp will start Jan. 23, subject to approval by Metro State's Board of Trustees.

Trapp has a unique blend of city government and corporate experience. She spent the last five and a half years working for Mayors John Hickenlooper and Guillermo Vidal as the deputy chief of staff. She began her work with the city of Denver as the Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs, and served as the Director of Commercial Strategy at Denver International Airport.

During her tenure with the city, Trapp successfully helped transform city agencies and build many collaborative relationships with external partners, including the establishment of the Mayor’s signature cultural initiatives – the Biennial of the Americas and the renovation and cultural reactivation of the McNichols Building.  Trapp raised more than $5 million for both public-private partnerships.

At Metro State, Trapp will serve as the chief advancement officer and executive director of the Metro State Foundation, and will oversee the departments of development, communications, grants and sponsored programs, and alumni relations.  Trapp’s starting salary will be $133,000. 

In making the announcement Jordan said, "Dr. Trapp is passionate about furthering Denver and Colorado, through public education and workforce development, and she brings a proven record of accomplishment." Jordan added that he is confident Trapp will provide Metro State with the visionary and progressive leadership needed to inspire a diverse team of professionals and volunteers to move Metro State’s fundraising and advancement goals forward. 

 "Trapp has the perfect blend of advancement experience and strategic community relationships for this important position," he said, adding that her connections with business leaders, donors, foundations, and elected officials will provide greater educational opportunities to all students, and in the long run positively impact Colorado's economic future and workforce diversity.

“Metro State’s mission truly excites me.  I look forward to working with President Jordan and the entire campus community to better prepare Colorado’s future workforce by advancing Metro State’s many innovative programs, and successful students and alumni,” said Trapp.

 “Metro State is a pillar institution in Denver, and an integral part of the region’s future success.  I am committed to expanding its well-deserved reputation for excellence and large-scale collaborative projects that serve Metro students and the greater community.”

Trapp holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado—Boulder, and a bachelor's degree from the Swarthmore College.   A noted expert on cultural policy, she is also involved in a variety of volunteer and community activities.  She currently serves on board of directors for the Denver Biennial of the Americas and the Clyfford Still Museum. 

To schedule an interview with Trapp, call Associate Vice President of Communications Cathy Lucas at (303) 556-5131 or 303-916-1002.



About Metropolitan State College of Denver
With nearly 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts nearly 72,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.