The partnership between CU South Denver and the City of Lone Tree is set to flourish now that the fast-growing city has annexed the innovative and flexible educational facility.
A reception to celebrate the annexation was held at CU South Denver in June. Attendees included Luella Chavez D’Angelo, CU’s Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Development; CU Denver Chancellor Dorothy Horrell; CU Regent Sue Sharkey; Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet; Lone Tree Mayor Pro Tem Susan Squyer; and Lone Tree City Councilmembers Jay Carpenter and Wynne Shaw. Members of the CU South Denver Advisory Board, a group made up of regional employers, also joined the festivities.
CU South Denver delivers world-class undergraduate, graduate and professional programs taught by faculty from all four CU campuses. The facility also offers K-12 education programs and special and seasonal events for children, adults and families.
‘Beyond the borders’
“I never dreamed when I moved to Lone Tree we would have the opportunity to have this close connection to a college facility right here in our backyard,” Mayor Millet said. “This facility serves far beyond the borders of Douglas and Arapahoe counties – it really serves the state of Colorado.”
Millet noted that CU South Denver sits at the edge of the RidgeGate, a master-planned development in Lone Tree that will combine homes, retail, office, light rail and parks in a mixed-use 21st-century urban community. Lone Tree, which officially annexed CU South Denver in March, currently has about 14,000 residents and is expected to grow to more than 31,000 by 2035.
‘Exciting things to come’
“It’s so exciting to think about how the City of Lone Tree is going to grow while the CU South Denver facility is developing as well,” Millet said. “We have very, very exciting things to come in this neck of the woods.”
Chancellor Horrell echoed those expectations, saying the partnership promises to enrich the south Denver region’s educational, cultural and social needs. “On behalf of CU President Benson, we are thrilled to have a place in which we can bring together the high-quality education and programs of our four campuses,” Horrell said. “This region is, by any stretch, one of the most exciting places to be – not just in the state of Colorado, but in our entire country. Lone Tree is a city on the move, and with the leadership that exists here, I can hardly wait to see what happens next.”
‘We want to be your partner’
D’Angelo presented Lone Tree leaders with small gifts that will allow them to display their CU pride. Meanwhile, the city gave CU South Denver a street sign adorned with the Lone Tree logo. D’Angelo encouraged the councilmembers and leaders of local industry to tap CU faculty members who have “so much expertise in so many different fields.”
Issues of master planning, marketing, transportation, education, workforce development and health care are all of pertinence to Lone Tree and the entire south-metro region, D’Angelo said. “We want to be your partner and we want you to feel free to make use of our students, our faculty and our administration in any way, shape or form.”