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Mark R. Kennedy

President Emeritus, University of Colorado

A first-generation college graduate, Kennedy has led at the highest levels of academia, government and business. As the former President of both the University of Colorado and the University of North Dakota, Mark remains a strong advocate for higher eduation. He is committed to extending the opportunities higher education provides to more to ensure they benefit from technology’s advance. He is passionate about spurring the discovery that improves lives and preserves America's innovative edge.

Reconnecting with Mohamed Lachemi, President of Toronto Metropolitan University

Meeting in Toronto, Canada - April 4, 2023
Great to learn more about TMU's growth and its opening a campus in Eqypt.

George Washington University Tokyo Alumni

Dinner with GSPM Alums at The Sakai in Tokyo - January 4, 2023

Observing NASA's Successful DART Mission

Watch Party at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab - September 25, 2022

Look north, North Dakota, and be UND Proud

Profile of Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, named after University of North Dakota alum.

Catching Up with Former Staff, Now President of Valparaiso University

Visit with Jose and Hilda Padilla - June 28, 2023
Image Conversation Mark Kennedy @MarkKennedyUSA Debbie and I enjoyed touring @ValpoU with our former @CUSystem colleague President Jose Padilla and his wife Hilda. Great things ahead for Valpo under President Padilla's leadership.

Seeing UND Campus Renewal Come to Life

Tour of UND Campus Renewal - June 11, 2022
It was wonderful to tour the new construction at the University of North Dakota with Cassie Gerhardt, Stephanie Walker, Amy Henley and Meloney Golombiecki Linder. The new UND Memorial Union, UND Chester Fritz Library and UND Nistler College of Business & Public Administration look fantastic. Thanks to Michael Pieper for his role in upgrading the campus. More to come with North Dakota Athletics improvements led by Bill Chaves. Thanks for the wonderful leadership of UND President Andy Armacost, past UND Student Body President Erik Hanson and the UND Alumni Association & Foundation.




Learned a lot from my visit to Japan's JAXA Tsukuba Space Center. They are a great NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration -partner. Here inside model of Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” of the International Space Station.




Meeting with fellow U.S. Air and Space Force Civic Leader Christian Anschutz and Brig. Gen. John Olson, Chief Data and Artificial Intelligence Officer for the Department of the Air Force and Col. Marc Brock, Commander of Space Delta 2

UND: ACE Award for Institutional Transformation

Awarded March March 6, 2022
I appreciated current University of North Dakota Andrew Armacost recognizing my contributions as the immediate past President of UND as he accepted UND's American Council on Education / Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation. Congrats to whole UND Team.

Advancing Discoveries to Speed Intervention

Podcast with Ron Sokol and Emily Davies - July 13, 2021

Making the Rounds with University of Colorado Hospital President and CEO Chris Gessner

Event: Touring the Sterile Processing Department - June 30, 2021

Space Force Adds University of Colorado to Upcoming Partnership Program

Air Force Magazine - June 25, 2021
Kennedy said he’s “thrilled” that the University Partnership Program will involve both workforce development and research development​...

CU to join Space Force partnership

Boulder Daily Camera - June 25, 2021
The partnership program will also serve the Colorado Springs campus, said system President Mark Kennedy, with potential to expand to the Denver and Anschutz campuses.

Briefing with National Cybersecurity Center

Event: University of Colorado Colorado Springs - June 21, 2021


Unanimously Approved by Board of Regents - June 17, 2021

Colorado’s Best Minds + CU Innovators = A Better Future

President's Innovation Podcast - June 8, 2021
President Mark Kennedy and host Emily Davies speak with serial entrepreneur, Stan Lapidus, about his accomplishments and insights on business collaboration in advancing health care, from ingenuity to implementation.

Kennedy's legacy will be advances in diversity and CU's online programs

Op Ed by Hank Brown - Denver Post - May 29, 2021

CU Innovations Brings Sciences from Inception to Implementation

Podcast with Kimberly Muller - May 28, 2021

The Education Continuum for Colorado’s Economic Success

Panel: Colorado Business Roundtable - May 19, 2021

Funding, pay equity, DEI among key topics in President Kennedy’s address to Faculty Senate

CU Connections - April 29, 2021

Building CU’s Strength through Diversity

Podcast with Theodosia Cook and Emily Davies - April 28, 2021

MOSAIC to celebrate new space with ribbon cutting

UCCS Communique - April 22, 2021

Expanding the Springs' aerospace and defense impact

Coloardo Springs Gazette OpEd - March 23,2021
Op Ed with Frank Backes, Kevin O’Neil and Venkat Reddy

The Future of Higher Education for the CU System and CU Denver

CU Denver School of Public Affairs - March 5, 2021

DEI Through C-Suite Activism

Panel - February 9, 2021

Visit to the Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation

Event: Colorado Springs - January 22, 2021
Great collaboration by Kevin O'Neill and team that is fueling Colorado's #Aerospace industry.

Remarks Regarding Washington, D.C. Riot

Statement - January 6, 2021

Competing in the Next Economy

National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers Report - December 2020
Honored to be a member of this commission.

Colorado uniquely positioned to serve Space Command's mission

OpEd: Denver Gazette - December 18, 2020
"Colorado’s powerful convergence of academic, industry, government and philanthropic assets set us apart from the pack. We are uniquely positioned to meet Space Command’s needs and help advance its mission and strategic priorities."

UCCS' astronautical engineering program expanding with Anschutz Foundation donation

Article: Colorado Springs Gazette - December 16, 2020
“This gift will help grow our leadership in these areas for the benefit of the state and the nation,” he said in a statement.

How COVID-19 has been, and is, changing CU

OpEd: Boulder Daily Camera - December 12, 2020
If the pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that technology plays an important and growing role in how we deliver a CU education. We continue to make progress on our systemwide online and technology initiatives, but there is much work to be done.

State of the University Address

Speech - December 11, 2020

Five questions for Mark Kennedy

CU Connections - December 10, 2020

Bolstering efforts to fight student food insecurity

CU Connections - December 3, 2020

President Kennedy boosts emergency funding

CU Connections - November 19, 2020

UCCS to Educate More Cybersecurity Professionals

Event: Tour UCCS Cybersecurity - October 28, 2020

President Kennedy visits UCCS

UCCS Communique - October 16, 2020

CU Anschutz Was Amongst First to Re-Open Labs

Event: Tour of CU Anshutz - October 12, 2020

Colorado and Indian state of Karnataka look to business opportunities

Denver Post - October 7, 2020
“India is one of the most important countries for higher education,” said Mark Kennedy, president of the University of Colorado System."

Constitution Day and keeping the dream alive

Op Ed Denver Gazette - September 17, 2020

CU Boulder Team Builds Hope for Trek to Mars

Podcast with Dan Baker and Ken McConnellogue - September 8, 2020

Visit to Buckley Space Force Base

Event - August 31, 2020

Future of Higher Education

Panel - Denver Metro Chamber - August 19, 2020

Changing Course at the University of Colorado

FOX TV - Denver - August 18, 2020

CU is Putting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Forefront

Podcast with Theodosia Cook - August 12, 2020

CU records second-best fundraising year

CU Connections - August 6, 2021

President Mark Kennedy has CU on the right course

Denver Gazette Editorial - August 8, 2020

Reimagining Higher Education in a Post Pandemic Colorado

Panel - Colorado Business Roundtable - August 5, 2020

University of Colorado Anschutz, Boulder Launch New Initiative to Expand Research Collaborations

CU Anschutz News - July 28, 2020
CU’s world-class researchers have long excelled at collaborations that improve lives, save lives and enhance the quality of life in our state and beyond,” said CU President Mark Kennedy. “This effort will lead to even more innovation and discovery.”

CU responding to the pressing demands of the times

Op Ed - Denver Gazette - July 23, 2020

CU closely watching progress of SpaceX

CU Connections - May 28, 2020

The importance of innovation for CU in the age of COVID-19 and beyond

Podcast with Ken McConnellogue - May 19, 2020

Pandemic has accelerated innovation in education

Op Ed - Denver Gazette - May 17, 2020

CU President Kennedy’s coronavirus update

Podcast - CU on the Air - April 29, 2020

CU’s mission is our priority

Video Statement - April 9, 2020

Five questions for President Mark Kennedy

CU Connections - February 27, 2020

CU names chief diversity officer

CU Connections - February 13, 2020

University of Colorado sets system wide record with $1.2 billion in research funding

Boulder Daily Camera - October 3, 2019

Launching CU's Strategic Planning

Video Statement - September 30, 2019

Q&A with Mark Kennedy | Leading CU toward the 'fourth industrial revolution'

Interview - Colorado Politics - September 23, 2019

Catching up with CU’s 23rd president – what’s ahead?

Podcast with Ken McConnellogue - July 24, 2019

CU system president Mark Kennedy starts outreach tour

Boulder Daily Camera - July 21, 2021

Together We Reach Higher

UND Summer Commencement August 3. 2018

From Jedi to Leaders in Action

UND Commencement - December 15, 2017

And Cubed

UND Commencement - May 13, 2017

Shapeholders - Business Success in the Age of Activism

Book - Columbia University Press - May 2017

European Union : Drifting Apart Despite Economic Recovery?

Panel with Michael Heise - February 10, 2016

Mark Kennedy's 7A Approach to Shapeholder Engagement

Interview - Toyo Keizai - December 31, 2014

Is Persuasion a Lost Art?

Book Chapter: Is Persuasion a Lost Art? - 2014

Sustainable Development

Chapter: Pursuing Purposeful Profit - April 2014