CMU President Tim Foster
CMU President Tim Foster


From the president

Welcome back to a new semester at Colorado Mesa University!

We’re getting the spring semester rolling after an extremely successful fall that was capped off with several major milestones for the institution. In November we celebrated the opening of the renovated and expanded Tomlinson Library, which I know was a relief to students, faculty and staff alike. It’s a beautiful building that will serve our students’ needs for years to come.

Shortly after that we had a record-breaking December Commencement ceremony. CMU awarded more than 600 degrees to 570 graduates last month. Three of those students — Heather Findlay Tobin, Judith Shue and Dana Ashton Johnson — were the university’s first doctoral students. They received their diplomas to a standing ovation, and we could not be more proud.

In 2016, we’re facing a new reality. Financial support from the state continues to dwindle. In the face of budget cuts, we must continue to hold the things we treasure high but also be open to change so as not to remain stagnant. CMU remains committed to keeping higher education attainable. For the past five years our tuition and fee increases have been among the lowest in Colorado and we’ve awarded some form of financial aid to 75% of the student population. Please encourage students to apply for scholarships. They only need to apply once for hundreds of awards. The application may be found online and is available until Feb. 14.

Here’s to a great spring semester in the face of challenges. Go Mavs!

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