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Presidential Inauguration

September 4-7 2018
The MSU Denver community celebrated the Inauguration of President Janine Davidson, Ph.D.. The celebration included nine events over four days, featuring panel discussions in the CAVEA Theater on hot topics in higher education. 

Metropolitan State University of Denver Presidential Inauguration of Janine Davidson Ph.D.


Recorded Panel Discussions:

September 4, 2018 | 11:30am - 1:00pm

Can’t find enough highly-trained local employees? Forced to spend extra funds recruiting out-of-state talent? You’re not alone. Join business leaders from some of the state’s most innovative companies to discuss these evolving challenges and how you can find the talent you need. Get a sneak peek at MSU Denver’s Classroom to Career initiative, which will partner with employers to prepare students for enriching careers through apprenticeships, co-ops and internships, and create a professional pipeline for your industry.



Panelists include:

Jandel Allen-Davis, M.D. - Vice president of Government, External Relations and Research for Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Kelly Jean Brough - President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Shane Portfolio - Senior Vice President of Technical Operations and Engineering, Comcast West Division
Donna Tikkanen-Davis - Vice President, Global Employee Capability with Arrow Electronics
Mark S. Yoss - Production Principal, Lockheed Martin Space

September 5, 2018 | 8:00-9:30am

How should universities adapt and innovate to remain “relevant” in a highly competitive, complex global society? How can higher education be a part of the solution to emerging societal challenges? What is the role of a college education in an ever-shifting political and economic landscape? Join pioneering leaders in the field to discuss these future-focused topics and more. Be sure to bring your best ideas!



Panelists include:

Dan Baer - Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education
Rebecca Chopp, Ph.D. - Chancellor of the University of Denver
Tim Foster President - Colorado Mesa University
Joe Garcia - President of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS)
Dorothy A. Horrell, Ph.D. - Chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver

September 6, 2018 | 2:00-3:30pm

Equifax. Yahoo. Target. No company or person is immune from cybersecurity threats. How can we adapt to meet these ever-evolving challenges? And how can we educate the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to address skyrocketing workforce needs? Join nationally recognized cybersecurity experts for a discussion of these issues. Plus, learn how MSU Denver is deploying new interdisciplinary degree programs to prepare future security professionals.



Panelists include:

Steve Beaty, Ph.D. - Professor of Computer Science, MSU Denver
Jennifer Kurtz - Manufacturer’s Edge
Venkat Reddy - Chancellor, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Lt. Gen. Robert E Schmidle Jr., USMC ret., Ph.D. (DLS) - University Advisor on Cyber Capabilities and Conflict Studies at Arizona State University
Brenden Smith - Chief Information Security Officer


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