Published: March 4, 2024 By

Dick and Jane Stebbins have established an endowed professorship to enhance the University of Colorado’s global competitiveness. The professorship will advance research in computer science in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, with a focus on artificial intelligence. 

“This gift will allow a faculty member to perform interdisciplinary research and provide insights and advances that would otherwise not be possible,” said Ken Anderson, chair of the Department of Computer Science.  

Dick Stebbins emphasized the importance of the university establishing and maintaining technological leadership in a competitive world. 

"Our institutions must excel globally to avoid societal decline over time," he stated.

The Stebbins' connection to Boulder runs deep, shaped by decades enjoying the state's natural beauty and engaging in outdoor activities like skiing and cycling. They have been involved in the Buffalo Bicycle Classic, which started as a small volunteer effort in 2003 and has since grown into Colorado's largest scholarship ride, raising over $4 million for high-merit and high-need scholarships.

Inspired by friends' philanthropy toward the university, the Stebbins believe in its positive impact on the community, encompassing not only science and technology but also athletics and broader civic engagement. 

Jane Stebbins, who worked in residential real estate in Boulder for 42 years, observed the city's strong sense of community firsthand, citing schools, athletics and active participation in various activities. 

“Boulder is unique," remarked Dick Stebbins, highlighting the city's irreplaceable charm and community spirit. He concluded with a lighthearted remark: "You could take me wherever you want to, but if you find a place that matches Boulder, I’ll buy you a beer.”