Message from the VP – November 2016

Brett Anderson, vice president for
University Advancement

Dear Colleagues,

I want to acknowledge that it has been a hectic and emotion-filled few weeks. In University Advancement, as it is here at CSU, we try our best to create a culture of respect and understanding – one that honors differing perspectives. As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches – timed perfectly to give us some breathing room and some space – I am reminded of all we do throughout the year to thank our donors. I want to express my gratitude for each of you.

You are finding meaningful ways to connect with our donors and, as a result, they are inspired and connected to passions and purpose at Colorado State University. Because of these efforts, ambitious students can pursue their dreams of a world-class education, important programs can continue to support students and expose them to what’s possible, and critical research can happen to improve our community and world.

Earlier this week, we had the tremendous honor of announcing a transformational gift from alumnus Walter Scott, Jr. on National Philanthropy Day. This gift, the largest in CSU history, elevates our Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, more than doubles the amount of scholarship aid for its students, creates four Presidential Chairs, and stabilizes the college into the future thanks to endowments. More than that, it allows Walter Scott to impact our future. He is inspired by and passionate about students. This gift, for him, is a true investment in future leaders.

I admit, I am looking forward to some fantastic football (including a final Rams victory at Hughes tomorrow) and some quality time with family and friends, and great food. As you celebrate, shop, and eat, remember that the national Giving Tuesday is coming up Nov. 29. At CSU, Annual Giving is asking for our support for Rams Against Hunger. To learn more, click here.

I hope you know how grateful I am to work with such a tremendously talented group of people. Thank you.

Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

My best,


P.S. It is important for all of us to know there are many resources on campus to support students and staff. Tell Someone ( is a confidential reporting line that is available for staff and students who have concerns about safety, mental health issues, discrimination, or harassment on campus.