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MSU Denver Advisory Councils

Frequently Asked Questions


What are the advisory councils and what are they intended to do?

The councils are being established to provide recommendations and ideas to the President’s Cabinet. Their goal is to address the University’s high-level challenges in six key areas: strategy; academic excellence and student success; culture and workplace; built environment and infrastructure; university policy; and fiscal responsibility.

President Davidson genuinely believes that capturing ideas from every corner of the University is the best way to make good decisions. In that spirit, council members will be drawn from across the community. The lead of each group and its core members will be responsible for seeking feedback and input from an even broader representative group of MSU Denver constituents.

What these councils will not do:

  • These councils are not designed to replace existing bodies like the Faculty Senate, Council of Chairs, Council of Administrators, Classified Staff Council, student groups, etc.
  • These councils are not charged with making decisions, but providing the best possible ideas and recommendations to the President’s Cabinet for consideration.
  • These councils are not intended to take the place of work already being done on a daily basis, but reserved for the consideration of big-picture ideas.


How were the advisory council leads selected?

President Davidson conducted a listening tour over the course of several months. In those conversations, common names came up whenever specific subject areas were discussed. Ideas for co-leads originated in those meetings and were later examined at great length by MSU Denver’s senior leadership team. Each lead has not only demonstrated expertise in a focus area, but also has a proven track record of bringing people together, strong follow-through and the time to dedicate to an intensive process.


What are the leads responsible for?

The primary responsibility of leads will be facilitating each council’s work and ensuring that a diverse and representative group of University community members have a seat at the table for pertinent conversations/brainstorms. After councils are formed and deployed, leads will set timelines and deadlines to accomplish initial tasks, and moving forward, work with core members to define the next round of goals.


Will all campus stakeholders have a voice?

Yes. That is an essential part of this process. Whether you are a faculty member, classified staff, administrator or student, you will have opportunities to contribute to the councils in a variety of ways. You may be asked to serve as a core member, a subcommittee member or to participate in a conversation relevant to your area of expertise.


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