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Second Regular Session

Sixty-first General Assembly

LLS NO. R98­0720.01 LAG



also SENATOR Wham.


WHEREAS, The University of Denver enrolls more than 8,500 students from all 50 states and 90 countries; which comprises an undergraduate program of about 2,800 students, a graduate program of about 2,900 students, and a continuing education program of about 2,800 students; and

WHEREAS, Daniel L. Ritchie has guided the University of Denver since his appointment as the sixteenth chancellor in July of 1989; and

WHEREAS, Chancellor Ritchie began his involvement with the University in 1983 as a member of the DU Board of Trustees; and

WHEREAS, Since assuming the role of chancellor, a position in which he serves without salary compensation, Ritchie has led the University's Capital Campaign to the successful early completion of its $150 million goal and continues to lead the efforts necessary to meet the increased goal of $200 million by December 31, 2000; and

WHEREAS, Chancellor Ritchie has been successful in raising the morale of the University community and in bringing people together by guiding the University to institute a number of business practices, including merit­based pay raises and gainsharing of resources; and

WHEREAS, Chancellor Ritchie has been encouraging and supportive of the University's outreach and community involvement initiatives including the VIP/West High School program, the Bridge Project at Lincoln Park Housing Development, and the establishment of the University's Community Action Program which involves students, faculty, and staff in community­based projects locally, nationally, and internationally; and

WHEREAS, Chancellor Ritchie has been instrumental in the incorporation of service learning into all facets of the University's curriculum, and he has further facilitated the University's involvement in primary and secondary education, including the reestablishment of the DU High School, the expansion of the Ricks Center for Gifted and Talented students, and Pioneer Charter School, a collaborative project with Denver Public Schools; and

WHEREAS, The University of Denver is an independent University with a proud history in the Rocky Mountain West that is exemplified by Chancellor Ritchie; now, therefore,

Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty­first General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the Senate concurring herein:

That we, the members of the General Assembly, honor Dan Ritchie, chancellor of the University of Denver, for his success in his tenure as the chancellor of the University of Denver and for his continued commitment to the educational needs of the Denver community.

Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be sent to Chancellor Dan Ritchie and to every member of the University of Denver's Board of Trustees.

Created: 4/16/98 Updated: 4/16/98