“Gifts allows us to explore solutions and dig deep into an idea that we know is going to work and where that little extra funding will help us get there.” 

- Dr. Alejandra Huerta, National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

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For more information about creating an endowed position, contact:

University Advancement

(970) 491-5669

Creating Endowed Positions

Colorado State University’s faculty and researchers are leading in conservation, investigating cancer cures, finding ways to feed the world, tackling world challenges, nurturing future leaders, and growing Rams.  

Dr. Jan Leach grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, as one of five children. As a first-generation student, she began her studies in microbiology, thinking she might become a nurse. It was while working in a lab to earn money for school that she found her passion - how diseases and plants interact.  

Today, as the Research Associate Dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences, and University Distinguished Professor, Leach and her students are improving health benefits of crop plants, developing novel tools for detecting and monitoring plant microbes. They have found things no one else has found. Leach, like so many faculty at CSU, serve and advise national and international projects, programs and institutions. Thanks to donor support, she is deeply exploring how to make plants more resistant to destructive wheat field pests. The solutions they create in Leach’s CSU lab could help feed the world’s growing population. 

Endowed positions allow Colorado State University to attract leading scholars, researchers, and teachers with distinction and significant contributions in their fields to enhance CSU’s mission to provide a world-class education. These funds promote CSU’s expertise in particular fields, recognize individual talent and impact. 

Support CSU faculty’s innovation and excellence through endowed positions. 

Goal for 2020: Create 15 New Endowed Positions

  35 new positions created to date


CSU's University Distinguished Professors


Annual research expenditures in 2017


Tenure-track faculty


Percentage of tenured faculty with the highest degree awarded in their fields