About the President’s Office

Students walk across campus to class on a fall afternoon at the Colorado State University.
The President’s Vision Zero Task Force examines mobility and safety for pedestrians, vehicles, bicyclists, etc. on and near the main Colorado State University campus.
Colorado State University Ethnic Studies professors Doreen Martinez and Lindsey Schneider contemplate the land and bison on Soapstone Prairie Natural Area.
The Native American Advisory Council identifies areas and challenges faced by Native American and Indigenous peoples and provides recommendations to the President for improvements within the university.

The President of Colorado State University has a strong office team located in the historic Administration Building at the south end of CSU’s iconic Oval. This team provides project, calendar, communications, and budgetary support to the President and executes initiatives on the President’s behalf. The President also has an Operations Team that includes leaders from around the University.

President’s Working Groups

The President’s Office has the benefit of being supported by several leadership groups composed of passionate faculty, staff and students who volunteer their time in service to the President and the campus community. These advisers provide knowledge, expertise and direction on several key initiatives including diversity and inclusion, gender equity, culture and climate and other institutional priorities. This increases the number of voices in shared leadership roles across campus and builds greater capacity for institutional learning and change.

Council for Gender Equity on the Faculty

The Council for Gender Equity on the Faculty (CoGen) focuses explicitly on issues impacting the work life, campus climate, and persistent barriers inhibiting the success of women faculty at Colorado State University, paying special attention to the global and national climates for academic women. The Council offers recommendations to the University President for ways CSU might help counter pervasive national challenges related to women in academia, including all disciplines where women are historically and currently underrepresented. This will include underrepresentation of women in senior academic and leadership positions.

Native American Advisory Council

The Native American Advisory Council to the President (originally the Task Force on Native American Initiatives) was established in the fall of 2018 by former CSU President Tony Frank. The University sought expertise in designing strategies and promoting activities that support and address Indigenous priorities for Native students and employees at Colorado State University. The Advisory Council’s work was to identify areas impacting work life, campus climate, and challenges faced by Native American and Indigenous peoples and students. The council also provided specific recommendations to the president for improvements within the university.

President’s Multicultural Student Advisory Committee

The President’s Multicultural Student Advisory Committee is an advisory group to the President and University administrators, professionals, and academic faculty that addresses broad issues of multiculturalism and social identity that impact the campus and surrounding community. PMSAC’s primary functions are to engage in conversations with University faculty and administrators, share students’ perspectives, and provide recommendations that will develop and sustain a campus climate of inclusiveness and help CSU better serve its increasingly diverse population.

President’s Sustainability Commission

The President’s Sustainability Commission has the important role of providing University leadership with a variety of perspectives on sustainability from an environmental, economic, and social justice lens. It advocates for sustainability efforts across the University and empowers students, faculty, and staff to propose and pursue new ideas and initiatives to advance sustainability. The commission advises and leads university-wide sustainability initiatives including, but not limited to, STARS, master planning, learning outcomes, budgets, campaigns, community and public partnerships, and new buildings. It helps connect sustainability efforts across the University (including academics, research, operations, student engagement, administration, and public outreach). It also utilizes STARS as a framework to help measure progress and develop and maintain a University-wide Sustainability Strategic Plan that feeds into and supports the CSU Strategic Plan. In addition, the commission reports to the Campus Greenhouse Gas Inventory annually and updates the Climate Action Plan biannually.

President’s Vision Zero Task Force

The President’s Vision Zero Task Force is charged with the examination of all mobility and safety related to pedestrians, personal vehicles, University and contractor work vehicles, bicyclists, skateboarders, e-scooter riders, buses and trains on and near the main Colorado State University campus. This interdisciplinary task force advances the priorities to improve transportation safety at CSU under the internationally recognized planning initiative Vision Zero. The task force is pursuing a set of transparent initiatives based on data collection and reporting to improve 1) Enforcement, 2) Infrastructure, 3) Policy and Standards, and 4) Education. According to the Vision Zero Network, Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries among all road users, while ensuring safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.