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

Leading 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

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CU Connections

Staff Councils play critical role in shared governance at CU

At CU, we recognize our people are our greatest asset. Our faculty and staff are essential to our mission and are critical members of the CU community. As such, it is important that you have input in the governance of this university.
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CU Connections

CU to search for leader for online initiative

CU will take the next steps to expand its online education presence and offerings by searching for a permanent leader for the Office of Digital Education (ODE), which provides support services to campus online programs.
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CU Connections

Challenging times call for diversifying CU’s revenue

Concerning trends in demographics, state funding and enrollment are directing the attention of university leadership to the need to diversify CU’s revenue.

Statements from President Kennedy


President Kennedy’s Statement on Recent Executive Orders

We are pleased with decisions that will affect some of our faculty and staff, as well as international students and those in the DACA program, who will be able to continue their educational journeys.

President Kennedy’s Remarks to the CU Board of Regents Regarding Washington, D.C. Riot

We stand today at one of the most contentious times in our nation’s history. As one of America’s leading universities, CU has a role in bolstering our democracy, so that the American flag continues to inspire those at home and abroad. In recent days I have witnessed members of our community, of all perspectives and viewpoints shedding light that moves us forward together and only generating heat that further divides us.

CU Systemwide Lands Recognition Statement

Background Acknowledging that we reside on the homelands of Indigenous peoples is an important step toward recognizing the history and the original stewards of these lands. The intent of a land acknowledgment is to extend beyond spoken or written words. It must be implemented thoughtfully and

Recent Newsletters

January 2021, A message from the president


January 2021

Helping to Heal Our Nation’s Divisiveness

The appalling and deadly attack on Jan. 6, 2021, is our call to action. We all must do our parts to protect our democracy. Higher education bears a huge responsibility in this work.
Bill Coleman


December 2020

The Loss of a Visionary

Bill Coleman’s passion and commitment exemplify the power and promise of higher education.
Campus Visits


November 2020

Delivering on Our Mission amid a Global Pandemic

While there are differing opinions about the actions we’ve taken, I think there’s one thing we can all agree on: COVID isn’t going away any time soon.