BY BOB SWEENEY
CSU Chancellor Addresses South Metro Denver Chamber
Tony Frank extolled the virtues of higher education at the first South Metro Denver Chamber speaker series at the Lone Tree Arts Center.
The large audience dined on a fabulous catered meal provided by Jimmy and Lasinda Crane, owners of Cranelli’s Italian restaurant in Lone Tree.
Chancellor Tony Frank was the 14th president of Colorado State University and served in that position for 11 years prior to becoming chancellor of all systems in 2019 that includes CSU, CSU Pueblo, and CSU Global in the DTC.
Dr. Frank holds a veterinary degree from the University of Illinois, and a Phd. in pathology from Purdue among his academic credentials.
Leading off the chamber speaking series, Dr. Frank emphasized the value of obtaining a college education and the rich rewards in life’s happiness and financial success of college graduates.
He emphasized that making an investment in education is a wise decision, ranking among one of life’s major decisions that he described as a “Lifetime investment.”
“Tuition has increased,” he said, “largely due to the decline of state aid to 20 percent.” He believes that about 50 percent of students graduate with student loans.
Dr. Frank related that CSU pulled off a major change in addressing higher education dealing with COVID-19. He is leading the University in seeking new partnerships such as the new CSU Spur campus at the National Western stock show facility. The new buildings will offer educational opportunities for K-12 students.
He stressed that CSU offers many options for financial aid to lower income students.
Looking to the future Frank believes that higher education will remain in strong demand and feels that education is entering “The era of the learner.”
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