Colorado State University - Pueblo Foundation Trustees elected Dan DeRose as Chairman of the Board
PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation’s board of trustees has elected Dan DeRose to the position of Chairman of the Board. DeRose, an alumnus (BS, Business Management, 1984; MBA, 1985), former Athletic Director, and ardent supporter of CSU-Pueblo, begins his duties as Chair this month.
This leadership change was the brainchild of longstanding board Chair Marvin Stein, who approached Dan with the idea earlier this spring.
“No single family has done more for this University, over the past decade, than the DeRose family,” Stein said. “To have Danny ready and willing to step up and lead the Foundation Board is a tribute to his commitment to CSU-Pueblo.”
DeRose’s previous contributions of time and financial resources – most notably in spearheading the Friends of Football project to construct the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl Stadium and to fund an athletic expansion that brought back football, wrestling, and women’s track and field in 2008 -- reflect his desire to better the campus and improve the campus-community connection.
“I really like the Foundation’s mission,” DeRose said. “We’re here to help the University, through private philanthropy, with whatever it needs to grow and thrive. We’ve got to get out there and raise funds to keep things moving forward. We’ve got to provide (President) Lesley (Di Mare) with what she needs to succeed.”
President Lesley Di Mare said the collaboration between CSU-Pueblo and the Foundation has been outstanding under Marv Stein’s leadership, and she’s looking forward to working with Dan DeRose in his new role.
“Marv has been a tremendous leader of the foundation, I very much appreciate all that he’s done. I know he’ll be an asset as we make this transition from his leadership to Dan’s. I believe the Foundation will become even stronger with Dan as chair,” she said.
DeRose will preside over his first board meeting on June 26.
The Foundation’s Interim President/CEO Jennifer Denton expressed gratitude to both Stein and DeRose on behalf of the staff. “Marv dedicated countless hours to helping guide the Foundation to its current level of excellence. Now all the pieces are in place to move in to a major fundraising effort; and with his expertise, skill set, and passion for CSU-Pueblo, Dan is the ideal person to lead us. We are thankful for his willingness to serve, and have great expectations for the future.”
The Chair position is a one-year term, with a limit of four consecutive terms. Responsibilities of the Chair include:
- accepting the important and active role as the public face of the Foundation,
- raising private funds,
- regularly attending Foundation and University events,
- speaking at public events and advocating for the University and Foundation,
- attending constituent meetings with the President/CEO and/or the President of the University, and
- signing all legal documents.