Pictured are COO Patrick O’Rourke and bus driver Carlos Baca speaking on campus.

To bring about change, all of our voices are essential

Oct. 28, 2021

As many of you know, I am a recovering lawyer. For almost 25 years, that’s one of the ways I defined myself, along with being a husband, a father and a friend. It was part of my identity and still is in many ways.

Patrick and student inside the CASE building, Flatirons in the background.

Our Core Mission? Supporting Student Success

Sept. 30, 2021

Each weekday across Strategic Resources and Support, thousands of people wake up, grab a cup of coffee, drive to campus or log onto their computers at home and perform the many tasks necessary to keep the University of Colorado Boulder running.

Puppy Harley meets CU mascot Chip. CU photo by Casey Cass.

Welcome back

Aug. 19, 2021

Hi Everyone! Last week, I brought my new puppy to campus, and together we had one of our most enjoyable times of the past year when we attended the Buffs Back Together gathering on Farrand Field. It was my first time to be able to meet hundreds of the people who make the campus a wonderful and vibrant place.

Patrick O'Rourke

Innovation and leadership: legacies to be proud of

June 30, 2021

Last week, CU Boulder wished three of its longtime leaders––Katherine Erwin (Human Resources), Larry Levine (Information Technology) and Gwen Pomper (Enrollment Management)––a wonderful retirement after years of service to the campus. Together, they contributed 58 years of skill and expertise to CU Boulder, and I’m tremendously grateful for all they did to lead their organizations.

Pat and his son, Ryan, riding a segment of the annual Courage Classic cycling race over Vail Pass.

As you head into summer, recharge and find what gives you joy

May 26, 2021

​Here’s my confession: I’m a MAMIL. Some of you may know what that means, but for those who don’t, please allow me to explain.

Patrick O'Rourke

Justice, respect and empathy

April 27, 2021

Everyone stands in respect when a jury enters a courtroom to deliver a verdict. I spent a large portion of my career in courtrooms, and I’ve stood in respect when the jury rendered a verdict in my cases, even when the verdict was against my clients.

CU Boulder Star. CU photo by Glenn Asakawa

When Boulder grieves –– CU grieves

March 31, 2021

CU Boulder: These two words link the University of Colorado and the Boulder community. You can’t talk about CU without Boulder, and across the world, when people think of Boulder, they also think about CU. It has been this way since the 1860s, when Boulder first fought off challenges from...

Patrick O'Rourke

Our values and our people are our priorities

Feb. 25, 2021

As a college freshman in 1988, I was positive I would major in journalism, become an investigative reporter and write cutting-edge news stories about important issues. A year later, I realized my heart wasn't in journalism, so I quit to study political science and philosophy, went to law school, and...

Pat as a kid dressed as a superhero

Little known fact: I love superheroes…and SRS has a lot

Jan. 27, 2021

Most people would describe me as a pretty serious person, so it might surprise them to learn that––while I still read law review articles sometimes––I read a bunch more comic books! My mom took this picture when I was 5 years old. Each morning, she pinned a red towel to...

Patrick O'Rourke

Thank you for your extraordinary efforts

March 19, 2020

On behalf of a grateful campus family: Thank you. These are extraordinary times. You have made extraordinary efforts to keep our community safe and healthy.

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