Colorado State University Chancellor Emeritus Joe Blake has given the university’s College of Liberal Arts its largest ever donation.
Blake’s $5 million gift to the college was announced Thursday in a CSU press release. Blake, who served as CSU chancellor from 2009 until his retirement in 2011, was appointed to CSU’s Board of Governors in 2006.
The member of the Colorado Business Hall of Fame, Blake has been an influential member of the Colorado business community for decades.
“Joe’s passion for Colorado State is just remarkable,” CSU President Joyce McConnell said in a wirtten release. “His belief in the transformative power of education becomes apparent to anyone within moments of meeting him. We are a better institution because of Joe and his vision for CSU.”
The gift is part of CSU’s ongoing State Your Purpose campaign, which has raised $1.6 billion for the university and continues through the end of fiscal 2020 and the conclusion of the university’s 150th anniversary celebration.
“I have nothing but the highest regard for the faculty at CSU. They’re just remarkable. And how do you enhance their prestige and their value better than bringing the best young minds for them to light up,” Blake said in a written release.
Philanthropic giving has been an growing piece of CSU’s financial puzzle in the past decade as state funding for higher education retracted.
Other large donations made to the university in recent years include:
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