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MSU Denver

Since 1965, Metropolitan State University of Denver has transformed the lives of students, served as a courageous leader in higher education and boldly advanced the well-being of metro Denver communities. Throughout its history, the University has been known as a gateway to opportunity through broad access, quality academics and education relevant to the Colorado economy.

Past MSU Denver Presidents

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Dr. Stephen M. Jordan

2005-17

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Dr. Sheila Kaplan

1993-2003

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Dr. Thomas B. Brewer

1988-93

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Dr. Paul Magelli

1985-87

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Dr. Richard M. Fontera

1982-84

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Dr. Donald J. MacIntyre

1979-81

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Dr. James D. Palmer

1971-78

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Dr. Kenneth Phillips

1965-71

Our People

They are innovators, high achievers and agents of change. They have transformed MSU Denver, the state of Colorado and beyond. Around here, we call these incredible individuals Roadrunners.

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Stephen Leonard

Professor of history

"For 49 years, this professor has shown students the future by examining the past."

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Brian Elson

High roller

"Brian Elson's MSU Denver education prepared him for a successful career in government relations."

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Todd Schmitz

Roadrunner makes a splash

"You've heard of Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin, but did you know her coach is an MSU Denver alum?"

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Rowena Alegría

Writing her life

"As a senior advisor in the mayor's office, this alumna uses stories to bring communities together."

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Irv Bisnov

Where dreams are made

"Accounting alumnus Irv Bisnov says MSU Denver put him on the path to success."

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Bill Nooning

In good health

"As CEO of Provident Healthcare, alumnus Bill Nooning helms a network of care providers who put patients first."

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Cheryl Haggstrom

Forge a path

"This nursing alumna didn't know how far her MSU Denver experience would take her."

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Mike Dunlap

Architect of glory

"Coach Mike Dunlap's high-risk, high-reward approach brought two national championships to the Roadrunners."

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Rita Cuddihy

Taking flight

"This alumna shattered the glass ceiling in her meteoric rise to success."

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Patrick Yadauga

The science of business

"This alumnus thought he'd be a doctor, but he wound up quenching his professional thirst at Coke."

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Carlos Fresquez

Mr. Metro

"Carlos Fresquez's MSU Denver roots run deeper than most, and his love of MSU Denver shows that."

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Rachel B. Noel

With authenticity

"This civil rights pioneer and MSU Denver professor lived what she believed."

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Jon Robinson

Cherished champion

"Alumnus Jon Robinson knows a good investment when he sees one."

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Tyrone Braxton

Gridiron to graduation

"He was a Super Bowl champion with the Broncos. Now, this alum is a champion for others."

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Hugo Teufel III

Protect and Serve

"This alumnus protects your privacy in today's global information society."

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Richard T. Castro

Viva Rich Castro!

"This legendary alum and Hispanic leader's legacy of transformation lives on."

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Ken Phillips

Standard-bearer

"Longtime professor Ken Phillips is helping to transform advanced manufacturing education."

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Brenda Lambert

Health care leader

"She may have the C-suite title, but this alumna's first love is still patient care."

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Robert Rizzuto

Great heights

"Alumnus Robert Rizzuto says his alma mater pushed him to a higher level."

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Gerie Grimes

Be the change

"Alumna Gerie Grimes has spent her entire life giving back to the community."

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Sandra Maresh Doe

Going the distance

"She's taught writing at MSU Denver since its founding and her commitment to students has never waivered."

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Marc Herschberger

Game changer

"Star athlete Marc Herschberger got something out of his MSU Denver education he never expected."

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Ron Miles

All that Jazz

"From legendary player and composer to University program director, he is creating something special."

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Joe Rice

From MSU Denver to Baghdad

"Lessons learned at his alma mater helped this alumnus become a master in diplomacy."

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Edna Mosley

Fugitive from injustice

"This alumna is remembered as a civil-rights leader who made her mark on Colorado."

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Ricardo Baca

High achiever

"This alumnus broke new ground as the country's first full-time marijuana editor."

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Jim Saccomano

Road to success

"Alumnus Jim Saccomano shares memories from his time with the Broncos and at MSU Denver."

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Paul DeHerrera

The sky's the limit

"Alumnus Paul DeHerrera worked his way from the ground up to the C-suite in avionics."

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Katherine Archuleta

Service and leadership

"Alumna Katherine Archuleta reflects on her journey from MSU Denver to President Obama's leadership team."

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AnnJanette Alejano-Steele

Moving in the right direction

"This MSU Denver professor is helping combat human trafficking across the state and the nation."

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Stephen M. Jordan

History maker

"As president, he transformed MSU Denver into what it is today. Learn the secret of his success."

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