Letter from President Cheryl D. Lovell, Ph.D.
May is always one of my favorite times of year. The energy of campus takes a different focus as students prepare for commencement; jump into summer jobs and internships, or simply recharge.
I’m proud to share our Board of Trustees praised us for our good fiscal stewardship as we intentionally spend university dollars to prioritize our students to ensure they receive the resources and quality instruction they deserve. Our overall strong financial status is represented with the Composite Financial Index (CFI), a key measure of financial health used widely throughout higher education. Adams State has never had a CFI as high as we do right now. We should all continue to be proud of the stewardship of resources that the University receives. My sincere thanks goes to our Chief Financial Officer, Heather Heersink, and her wonderful team for the work they do for us every day.
One of the newest appointees to the Board, Jennifer Mueller brings the positive energy and attitude to move Adams State forward. She was appointed by Colorado Governor Jared Polis on Dec. 31, 2021 and sees loads of opportunity for the Institution to add opportunities and possibilities to our community as well as build up our enrollment and programs.
We had the pleasure of honoring longtime employees of the University in a special ceremony. It is this special dedication and longevity allowing Adams State to stand out among our peer institutions. We have several who have been at Adams for over 30 years and many more with 20 and 25 year milestones.
Our faculty continues to diversify its academic offerings with a new associates degree in mechanical engineering being built into the bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering program on the Adams State campus through Colorado State University.
Commencement is just a couple days away and we are highlighting many outstanding graduates. Dr. Angie Paccione, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, will inspire students, faculty, staff, and guests alike when she delivers the commencement address for the undergraduate ceremony. Later in the afternoon post-graduate students will receive their doctorate or master’s degrees. Ian Fryday will earn his second degree in two years at the ceremony. He began his MBA while still an undergraduate last year. I am sure all his fellow degree recipients will relate to his experience when he delivers the Graduate Commencement Ceremony speech.
In June there will be a film crew from Amazon Productions on campus. Stay tuned.
Have a great summer!