Joyce McConnell



“As a land-grant university with a world-class research enterprise, Colorado State University has the strong foundation, clarity of purpose, and determination to address the most complex and perplexing challenges that we face in our rapidly changing world.

We know the challenges will continue to get bigger, but that’s alright: we will be bolder. That’s our commitment to the people and communities we serve. That’s the unique and lasting value of the land-grant university to our world, which needs us now more than ever.”

– Joyce E. McConnell, 15th president at Colorado State University

Tell Me More series

In a new series called Tell Me More, President McConnell will shine a spotlight on university priorities and areas of excellence in one-on-one interviews with CSU faculty and experts.

On Monday, Oct. 26, President McConnell will interview Rams Read author Claudia Rankine and CSU English Professor Camille Dungy to discuss equity and inclusion at CSU.

Claudia Rankine is an award-winning poet, essayist, playwright and the editor of several anthologies. Camille Dungy is an award-winning poet and a Distinguished Professor at CSU. Dungy, a faculty member in the Department of English, has received numerous honors for her work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Award.

Getting to know President Joyce McConnell

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CSU and COVID-19

“Our continuing focus is on assuring the health of our faculty, staff and students, while also working to maintain the economic health of the university itself.”

“The through line of our narrative is decisiveness driven by the conviction that we not only can make our world better, but we must, now more than ever. And of course, now as always, I see our students and our alumni leading the way, inspiring us all with their energy, their resilience, their wisdom, and their compassion for our world.”

Access and Inclusion

“I’m passionate about our educational access mission. But access doesn’t mean much without inclusion. If we want our students to succeed and thrive, they need to know this is an environment where they are welcome, where they are supported, and where they don’t have to endure the persistent and painful power of racism and prejudice that still exists, not just on our campus, but in our broader community, and sadly, across the country.”

Free speech

“Free speech matters, but acknowledging an individual’s right to freedom of speech is not enough.”

“Some would say institutions can promote engaged inclusive discourse by hosting controversial speakers, making available public spaces for protests, and creating opportunities for art, literature and performance that challenges the status quo. They would be right to an extent. But the university also must commit itself to the long-term and evolving mission of inclusivity and harness it to the spirit of inquiry that is the lifeblood of a university.”

President McConnell joins Colorado State University graduates in regalia in a physically distanced celebration on the Oval at Colorado State University
CSU President and Doug Cloud, assistant professor of English and master LEGO builder, stand in front of a LEGO rendition of Old Main in Morgan Library.

President McConnell joins Colorado State University graduates in regalia for a physically distanced celebration on the Oval, May 2020.

CSU President and Doug Cloud, assistant professor of English and master LEGO builder, dedicate a LEGO rendition of Old Main, created to celebrate CSU’s sesquicentennial.