Colorado State University's First Female President is a Greener

Joyce McConnell

Joyce E. McConnell ’79 is now the 15th president of Colorado State University. “CSU’s mission, values and character presented an irresistible opportunity to lead one of the nation’s great land-grant universities into the future,” she said.

McConnell previously served as provost and chief academic officer at West Virginia University. In those positions, her charge had broad scope: overseeing budgets; building partnerships at the state, national, and international levels; and playing a lead role in fundraising. McConnell’s track record also includes tenure as dean of the College of Law at WVU, during which she spearheaded major fundraising and academic initiatives.

McConnell led efforts at WVU to improve gender equity and Title IX education and compliance, engaged in higher-education policy work with the university’s board and state leaders, focused on raising faculty salaries, promoted excellence in research and graduate education, and played a key role in promoting diversity and inclusion at all levels.

Editor’s Note: With permission from Colorado State University, this article was shortened from its original length and tenses updated to reflect this publication date.