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State of the Campus Address
Monday Oct. 5, 2009, 3:30-4:30 p.m., University Memorial Center
Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano

Good afternoon everyone, and welcome. I am truly honored to speak to you today on the state of our campus as the 11th Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

As I walked over here today, it made me think of my walk over here 36 years ago, as a newly-minted assistant professor of education, to sit where you are sitting now, and I realized how far we have come as a university in the last 3 1/2 decades − from a humble, regional university of about 20,000 students to one of the outstanding public universities in the United States and in the world with 30,000 students, some coming from across the globe to study here.

After many years of service at this institution, I can stand before you today and confidently tell you that this university is stronger than at any other time in our history. This is truly a great time to be at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a great time for me to serve as your Chancellor as we forge ahead to new heights and new challenges building a new model for a flagship university for the 21st century.

Yet these are challenging times as well; challenges that great institutions like CU − and every university in the nation, public and private − faces.

Together, we have overcome challenges in the past that have made us what we are today: a better, a stronger university. Today, we are faced with more trials that require decisive and innovative action. And I have no doubt that the leadership team and the people in this room and across this great campus, that our response to these new challenges will result in making us still even stronger than what we are today.

I would like to take a few minutes to talk about where we are today, including the budget realities we face, and where we are going as a campus community, including our near-term goals for Flagship 2030 within the next 18 to 36 months. Then I will look forward to taking your questions.

To read the chancellor's State of the Campus Address in its entirety or to watch the address online, visit the Office of the Chancellor website.

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