“Colorado State University lives and breathes the land grant mission. Every day, students, faculty and staff tackle the toughest world challenges with a can-do spirit, exhibiting innovative problem-solving grounded in compassion and a commitment to service. I can’t wait to get started at CSU!”

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

Getting to know President Joyce McConnell

What McConnell’s fellow leaders say about her

Dr. Tony Frank, Chancellor
Colorado State University System

“Joyce McConnell is absolutely the right person to join and lead the CSU community as president, and provide the inventive and inclusive leadership that will continue to bring out the best in this university. As chancellor, I welcome the opportunity to work with Joyce as she takes the reins in Fort Collins.”

E. Gordon Gee, President
West Virginia University

As President, Joyce McConnell is “a gift to Colorado, and I think the marriage is perfect. She loves the outdoors, she loves the openness of the people and she loves the can-do attitude of Colorado. She also leads with strategy and thoughtfulness — and produces results. Colorado State University is truly selecting one of the best.”

Nancy Tuor, Chair, Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System

“Joyce is very well-educated, but she’s also a real person who is warm, engaging and caring, which we think is important on campus. We want someone who students feel comfortable engaging with, who also brings the absolute highest credentials, and that’s a hard match to find. We think we did.”