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Chancellor Named to APLU Board, Lauds Opportunity to Help Shape Future of Higher Ed Nationally

November 18, 2021

Chancellor Michelle Marks was named to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU’s) 2022 Board of Directors, the association announced at its 134th annual meeting Wednesday. She will serve a three-year term.

The APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization, with membership of 26 university systems and 215 universities, that strengthens and advances the work of public universities. The Board of Directors provides oversight and direction for APLU’s efforts. Board members work to make public universities more effective in delivering quality and affordable higher education while advancing cutting-edge research and robust community and economic engagement.

The efforts of APLU closely align with the University of Colorado Denver’s 2030 strategic plan to make higher education work for all. The chancellor’s appointment affords her the opportunity to share CU Denver’s vision nationally; to advocate on issues of importance in higher education, especially in the context of public urban research universities; and to collaborate with other university leaders on shared goals. 

“I’m honored to join the APLU’s board of directors and help shape the future of public higher education across this country,” Marks said. “As someone whose own life was transformed by a public university, I’m thrilled to take on this responsibility to advance and advocate for public higher education, in service of the public good.” 

CU Denver Chancellor Michelle Marks, PhD

In addition to her appointment, the chancellor moderated a panel at Wednesday’s APLU meeting. Comprising public university presidents from North Carolina, Michigan, Nevada, and Iowa, the panel explored how universities are addressing the rising public skepticism facing higher education more broadly. The group looked at the ways that institutions can increase student access and affordability, enhance student success, expand scholarship, and robustly contribute to an increasingly diverse society. 

“With so much at stake right now, it’s incredibly helpful to come together and share ideas, talents, knowledge, and expertise to communicate the value of higher education and accelerate the innovations happening across this landscape,” she said. 

In addition to her service on the APLU board, Chancellor Marks has also been appointed to the board of the APLU-affiliated Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU). 

“As we at CU Denver well know, urban institutions play a distinct role, especially when it comes to meeting today’s dynamic workforce demands and educating students who already reflect the emerging demographics of the country,” Marks said. “With a focus on social mobility, access, and industry collaboration, we are uniquely positioned to accelerate economic and cultural growth across this country. I’m doubly honored to be serving on the board of the USU Coalition as well next year.”