Message from the VP – February 2017

Brett Anderson, vice president for
University Advancement

Dear Colleagues,

I know it might surprise you, but I’ve experienced a wide range of emotions in the past couple of weeks. During the 1870 DINNER, Tony shared officially and very publicly for the first time what you have known for weeks – the news of our division’s leadership transition. It is bittersweet for me – I’m so grateful to have been able to serve my beloved alma mater in such a meaningful way; I’ve been so blessed to be able to work with such a tremendously talented team; and I’m in awe of all of the wonderful friendships and partnerships we’ve built to drive excellence and support for CSU into the future. I am going to miss the daily interaction with the best advancement team in the land.

I know many of you continue to have questions about what it is I will be doing after July 1. Special assistant to the president will likely be a full-time role in which I will be able to use the skills I built while working at Accenture. I have been tasked with conducting process and systems reviews across the breadth and depth of the University, to identify best practices to improve efficiency and effectiveness, and to advance Tony’s Re-Envision CSU 2020 Initiative. I will also help negotiate and facilitate implementation of CSU’s strategic partnerships process.

I told the room at the 1870 DINNER how proud I am of our team. It has been so amazing to see what we have been able to accomplish together to improve, enhance, and positively impact all that is CSU. I may not say it enough, but I sincerely believe that you are the best team in the country. I could share all of our amazing stats with you – again – but you know them! Without each and every one of you, we would not have been able to accomplish the level of success we’ve attained.

Finally, I know that under Kim’s leadership, you will continue to obliterate goals and build the culture of support around this University that it will need moving into the future. She is a great leader and has been heavily involved in our success in so many ways over the years. I’ve benefited from her counsel, strategy, and perseverance. She is ready, and she is eager. I have the utmost confidence in Kim and our tremendous team.

Thank you for your commitment to Colorado State University.

My best,