Colorado State University President, Dr. Larry Penley is slated to speak at the DaVinci Institute’s trend setting event, a Night with a Futurist, on Monday, Feb 7th.

As with many public universities there are many customers to satisfy.  Students are one form of customer that decides on which university is right for them.  State officials are another customer that decides on the right amount of funding for the university.  Businesses are a customer that requests specific skill sets and decides whether to hire the students who graduate.  And funding organizations are a customer that decides the right place to put their grant and research dollars.
The key factors in understanding university customers are that they have a choice, and they have to decide. Because of the diversity of these customers, universities are faced with maintaining a complicated balance as they allocate scarce resources to service each of these customers.
Complicating matters further, each of these customers are being influenced by rapidly changing forms of media, and people’s perceptions, as they are influenced by the media becomes an overriding concern.  Underlying these perception are a number of uncertainties stemming from rapid scientific and technological change, as well as dramatic economic, social, cross-cultural, environmental and civic challenges. 
These are but a few of the challenges that lie ahead for colleges and universities.  Join us as we journey into a vision for the future of college education that will help define CSU and other educational institutions of the future.
EVENT:  Night with a Futurist
DATE:  January 7, 2008 – Monday
TIME:  6:30-9:00 pm
WEBSITE:  www.nightwithafuturist.com
LOCATION:  CB & Potts, 1257 W 120th Ave, Westminster, CO 80234
DIRECTIONS:  Click here

COST:  Free for Members, all others $25
REGISTER:  Click here
PHONE:  303-666-4133
 

TOPIC:  "A Vision for Higher Education"  
SPEAKER:  Dr. Larry Edward Penley, President and Chancellor of Colorado State University

SPEAKER: 
Dr. Larry Edward Penley became the 13th president of Colorado State University and Chancellor of the CSU System on August 1, 2003. As leader of Colorado State, he is committed to enhance the University’s stature as one of the nation’s premier public research institutions.

Since taking the helm, he’s worked hard to listen to students and faculty about ways to move the University forward. He’s focused on enhancing the quality of the undergraduate experience and on recruiting top high-school students. He’s launched a comprehensive strategic planning effort to better position Colorado State for success — and he’s fostered closer relationships with federal research partners, the statewide business community and key industries. He also has worked to build the CSU System with a stronger, more supportive relationship between Colorado State and CSU-Pueblo.

Via the DaVinci Institute