Colorado State Archives
Executive Orders from the Administration of Governor Bill Owens 1999-2005
Wednesday, March 8, 2000
Alan Philp (303) 866-6369
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Owens Launches Colorado Institute of Technology
World-class institute to put Colorado at cutting edge of technology revolution(DENVER, CO) Declaring his commitment to making Colorado a world leader in the education and training of 21st Century technology employees, Governor Bill Owens today announced the formation of the Colorado Institute of Technology (CIT). Representatives of Colorados technology community and institutions of higher education joined Owens in announcing the Institutes leadership and over $40 million in financial support.
"Today marks the dawn of a new era in Colorado education," stated Owens. "The Colorado Institute of Technology will partner our higher education community with the technology industry to create a world-class education and research Institute. Bringing together the best minds in Colorados technology and education communities will make CIT a national focal point for talent, education and research excellence.
"CITs creation will have a profound influence on education and economic development in Colorado," continued Owens. "Its truly a revolutionary event. Thats why todays leadership and resource announcement is so significant.
"To spearhead the effort to turn the CIT dream into reality, Im pleased to announce that two of Colorados finest leaders have agreed to take on this exciting challenge. John Buechner, President of the University of Colorado, will serve as CITs President, and Dave Laube, currently USWests Chief Information Officer, will become CITs Chancellor. John and Dave lead the largest higher
education organization in Colorado and the largest information technology organization in the state, respectively, and represent a CIT leadership dream team that combines a strong private sector perspective with higher education expertise.
"Im also pleased to announce that Marc Holtzman, my Secretary of Technology whose vision, foresight and energy has played an instrumental role in making the Colorado Institute of Technology a reality, will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors for CIT. Also serving on the Board will be Tim Foster, Executive Director of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, who played a pivotal unifying role in garnering the support of Colorados public and private universities in this effort.
"We also have an all-star team of founding members who have joined me today to commit corporate financial support for CIT. Qwest, Sun Microsystems, Hitachi Data Systems, Level 3 Communications, USWest and Commissioner Ralph Nagel are CITs founding contributors and, collectively, intend to contribute $41 million to CIT over the first five years. This financial commitment is a dynamic beginning to our goal of raising a quarter billion dollars to support the development, operation and endowment of CIT. Special thanks to Bob Golightly and the leadership of Colorado Technical University for contributing much to this process including the naming rights to CIT," concluded Owens.
Owens paid special tribute to Qwest Chief Executive Officer Joe Nacchio, Sun Microsystems Vice President and General Manager of Sun Education Services Bill Richardson, Level 3 Communications Chief Operating Officer Kevin OHara, USWest Chief Executive Officer Sol Trujillo and Hitachi Data Systems Chief Business Officer Dave Roberson for their generous support and magnanimous contributions to the CIT.
"The Colorado Institute of Technology will be the golden goose of Colorados economy," predicted Marc Holtzman, Owens Secretary of Technology. "The most pressing need for technology companies both inside and outside Colorado right now is a well-qualified workforce. CIT will add thousands of well-educated, well-trained individuals to Colorados workforce, making our already impressive business climate the envy of the world. This new intellectual capital will eventually create an entrepreneurial dynamic in Colorado equal to the Silicon Valley."
"CIT represents a tremendous effort by all institutions of higher education to set aside their competitive interests and cooperate for the benefit of the state of Colorado," said Tim Foster, Owens Cabinet member for higher education. "CIT will partner the resources and efforts of the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, the University of Denver, the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado Technical University, the State Colleges of Colorado and Colorados community colleges to attract the best educators and students from across the nation and around the world. By attracting new talent and resources, recognizing excellence where it currently exists and increasing our standards across the board, CIT will help make Colorados higher education system the premier leader in the teaching and research of information sciences."
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