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


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Dr. Sheila Kaplan


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Dr. Thomas B. Brewer


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Dr. Paul Magelli


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Dr. Richard M. Fontera


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Dr. Donald J. MacIntyre


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Dr. James D. Palmer


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Dr. Kenneth Phillips


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


"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."

Read Stephen's Story

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