May 20, 2019

Chancellor Emerita Georgia Lesh-Laurie, PhD, passed away May 9 at the age of 80. Lesh-Laurie was chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver from 1995 to 2003. 

Read the obituary for Georgia Lesh-Laurie.

Chancellor Emerita Georgia Lesh-Laurie is standing third from the left.
Georgia Lesh-Laurie, PhD, (third from left) was chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver from 1995 to 2003.

What colleagues and friends say about Chancellor Emerita Lesh-Laurie:

“She had a contagious laughter; you couldn’t hear her laugh without joining in.” – Lisa Atencio, director of Finance and Administration

“A developmental biologist, she was a great leader who wasn’t afraid of making tough decisions. Affable and funny. Firm yet kind. Formidable yet approachable.” – Regina Kilkenny, chief of staff to Chancellor Dorothy Horrell

“When Georgia was chancellor, she successfully steered the campus through a difficult transitional period. She made us feel more like a big family than a bureaucracy, generously mentoring many who went on to successful administrative careers of their own.” – Mark Gelernter, PhD, dean emeritus, College of Architecture and Planning

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