Joyce McConnell to be inaugurated this week

Ceci Taylor

As the seasons change from fall to winter, Colorado State University also experiences a change in the form of a new president. 

Joyce McConnell, the 15th president of CSU, will officially be inaugurated Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m. 


The event, which will be livestreamed, will include remarks from McConnell herself, CSU Board of Governors Chair Nancy Tuor and CSU Chancellor Tony Frank. Music will also be performed by the CSU Chamber Choir, CSU Student Jazz Combo, CSU Graduate Student String Sextet and CSU Faculty Brass Quintet.

McConnell, who became president July 1, is also the first woman to serve in this role in CSU’s 150 year history. According to a media advisory from CSU Public Relations, McConnell is proud to lead CSU, one of the nation’s best land-grant universities, and is proud of the progress CSU has already made in embracing diversity on campus.

As stated in her fall address, McConnell will continue to promote diversity on campus through the Race, Bias and Equity Initiative. The initiative, which has already been set in motion, directly addresses the incidents of bias CSU has faced recently. 

Before becoming president of CSU, McConnell spent over 20 years at West Virginia University, where she joined the faculty of the College of Law, in which she held leadership positions, according to the media advisory. In 2008, McConnell was appointed as the dean of the college when she raised $36 million for a renovation and expansion of the college building. 

In 2014, McConnell was named provost of WVU by President Gordon Gee. As provost, McConnell inspired innovation and entrepreneurship with the creation of the WVU Idea Hub, according to the media advisory. 

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