University of Colorado President Bruce D. Benson is meeting with community leaders, legislators, donors, alumni and other higher education supporters around the state this summer as part of his annual outreach tour to strengthen the university's image and reputation.
This week, Benson visited Vail and Aspen, and underscored how CU is contributing to Colorado's long-term economic well-being. He also shared his vision for the university's future success, thanked CU donors for years of support, and urged state lawmakers not to forget the value of a college education when it comes to the state's economic stability and personal success for graduates.
"Higher education and academic research together enrich lives, build the state's knowledge-based work force, and fortify the state's economy through innovation, business startups and job creation," Benson said.
"Coloradans must be armed with the skills and knowledge demanded by our global economy—a message I often share with the state's thought leaders," he said. "Now, more than ever, higher education will be an imperative for the state."
Included among the points of pride the president is sharing during his community visits are details about how CU continues to educate many of the state's teachers, lawyers, doctors and nurses.
Before fall, Benson also is scheduled to visit Craig and Steamboat Springs. Last year, his outreach visits included stops in cities and towns in southern, southeastern, eastern and northern Colorado.