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MSU Denver President Jordan Scores Community Hat Trick


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

Posted: March 12, 2014



(DENVER) — As a recognized leader in higher education locally and nationally, Metropolitan State University of Denver’s President Stephen Jordan scored a hat trick this past week receiving three major awards in recognition of his community leadership and educational advocacy.

Gov. John Hickenlooper presents MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan with the Colorado Nonprofit Association

Gov. John Hickenlooper presents MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan with the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Nonprofit Impact Award on March 7.

Under his leadership, MSU Denver has achieved university status, launched its first master’s degree programs, attained record undergraduate enrollment levels and built two new university buildings. Meanwhile, Jordan has been especially praised for his actions in the creation of a special tuition rate for undocumented students that helped lead the way for the passage of the Colorado ASSET bill in 2013.

The awarding organizations include the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Latin American Education Foundation and the Colorado Non-profit Association.

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education presented Jordan with the Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues in Higher Education Award. The Outstanding Support Award is given to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and support of Hispanics and education access issues.

The Latin American Education Foundation presented Jordan and MSU Denver with the Sol Trujillo National Lifetime Leadership Award, an award established to recognize local and national individuals as well as organizations who have demonstrated a significant commitment to the advancement of Latino youth, education and development.

The Colorado Nonprofit Association presented Jordan with the Nonprofit Impact Award for his work with local area nonprofit groups. The Colorado Nonprofit Association recognizes the broad impact of Colorado leaders who work year-round to make a positive difference. MSU Denver’s involvement with local nonprofits is evident through its numerous student programs and community outreach events.

“Colorado is fortunate to have Dr. Jordan at the helm of MSU Denver,” said Rep. Crisanta Duran. “His bold leadership has challenged the status quo and prompted his peers to apply new and creative solutions, which now have an impact in higher education that extends beyond the metro Denver community and sets a nationwide precedent.”

These three awards were presented soon after the Anti-Defamation League awarded him and past Trustee Chair Rob Cohen the 2014 Civil Rights Award for efforts in providing access to higher education for undocumented students.

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About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state economy and the demands of today’s employers.  With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 55 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work.  More than 22,000 students are currently enrolled, and 75 percent of the university’s 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce.

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