Office of the President
Meeting the expectations and lifestyles of today's increasingly tech-savy learners requires moving forward beyond on-campus or online to instead embrace the intertwining of on-campus and online with courses and credentials.
- Mark Kennedy, CU President

Leaning Into the Future

“To further develop our students’ minds and advance their careers, we must meet them in ways that align with their varied learning styles and stages in life. That is a significant part of our mission.” – President Mark Kennedy

From Triage to Transformation

“The pandemic has amplified and accelerated existing and emerging digital forces disrupting every form of human activity. We addressed initial challenges in phases of triage and stabilization, but our continued success as a university hinges on our ability to collectively pivot toward transformation.” – President Mark Kennedy

Strength Through Diversity

“Life is a game of addition, not subtraction. We multiply our impact through collaboration, not by descending into division.” – President Mark Kennedy

Leadership and Innovation

“As the nation’s 10th most prolific public research university system and a leader in innovation, CU is well-positioned to help address the grand challenges of our age including health, space, sustainability, urban vitality and cybersecurity.” – President Mark Kennedy

Statewide Service and Engagement

“We are not the University of Aurora, Boulder, Colorado Springs or Denver. We are the University of Colorado and, true to our name, we are dedicated to serving the entire state.” – President Mark Kennedy

Recent News

President Mark Kennedy
The Gazette

GUEST COLUMN: CU responding to the pressing demands of the times

Experience has taught me that effective leadership in times of crisis requires promptly responding to the pressing demands of the moment while keeping a keen eye fixed on the actions necessary for post-crisis success.
Ice decides not to block international students
CU Connections

Ice decides not to block international students: CU lauds decision

Hours after a letter from CU President Mark Kennedy, the four campus chancellors and many other Colorado higher education leaders was sent asking for the rejection of recent guidance from Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding international students, federal officials dropped their pursuit of the directive.
CU President Kennedy
CU Connections

Plans for fall return to campus show commitment to health, safety

“Everyone is taking great concern for the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students,” President Mark Kennedy said. “I hope (board members) feel more comforted that we’re taking the challenge of back-to-fall very seriously.”

Statements from President Kennedy


CU’s request to Department of Homeland Security to withdraw July 6 directive on international students

The University of Colorado is joining our national higher education associations, as well as Colorado colleges and universities and peers nationally, to request the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw the July 6 Immigration and Customs Enforcement directive regarding international students.

Welcome, Chancellor Michelle Marks

Starting a leadership position during a moment as tumultuous as this is challenging. Assuming the job of chancellor of a premier urban public research university is particularly so. Fortunately, Michelle Marks, CU Denver’s new chancellor, is well-equipped to navigate this moment

Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on DACA

We at the University of Colorado are pleased that our DACA students will be able to continue their educational journeys with us.

Recent Newsletters

A message from President Kennedy


July 2020

A future-focused approach

When I assumed the CU presidency one year ago, the world – and how we lived in it – looked a lot different. Working in partnership with the Board of Regents and a talented and dedicated team of CU faculty and staff, we immediately began defining strategic priorities for the university, a process that revealed several urgent needs.
Health and safety


June 2020

From triage to transformation

It’s not enough to merely make it through these strange and uncertain times. We’ve got to meet them head on by leaning into our strengths, resources and potential. By doing so, CU will emerge as an even more vital asset for our students, state and nation.
Speeding up and slowing down


May 2020

Speeding up and slowing down

Life didn’t stop when we moved to remote teaching in mid-March in response to COVID-19, but our campuses became different places almost overnight, with the normal hustle and bustle replaced by a strange quiet.