Chancellor's Strategic Advisory Council Website
Reconstructed & Annotated

Major Redefinition and Commercialization of CU Boulder


"In the Chancellor's State of the Campus Address in the Fall of 2012, Chancellor DiStefano announced the creation of a Strategic Advisory Council.

"I also pledge to you today that we will do a rigorous review of new funding sources. As a first step, I am announcing the creation of an Advisory Council that will draw from the best and brightest leaders in our external community, many with no ties to CU-Boulder, and some with lifetime ties to us. This council will help us identify new funding sources, build support for new research partnerships, make innovations in how we serve our students, and help us build and sustain our reputation in Colorado and across the nation."

The Chancellor's Strategic Advisory Council will provide counsel and advice to Chancellor DiStefano and the University of Colorado Boulder in our efforts to:

- Advance the educational experience of our students to maximize their success at the university and, ultimately, in the workforce;

- Enhance the global stature of CU-Boulder as a comprehensive national research university and collaborator with industry;

- Create a sustainable fiscal and organizational model and looking at methods to maximize effectiveness and efficiency.
The Chancellor's Strategic Advisory Council is comprised of influential corporate and thought leaders from across Colorado and the nation."

Chancellor's Strategic Advisory Council


June 28, 2013 Meeting

Innaugural Advisory Council Meeting Agenda

Advisory Council Orientation


Takeaways: 4 Key Actions

Initial Membership of Council

[Note: The Chancellor's office is unable to provide accurate information on the membership of the council in this and succeeding years.]

September 5, 2013

CU-Boulder announces new Office of Industry Collaboration

"It's critical that we embrace a permanent state of change and innovation at CU-Boulder and over the last year we've launched a number of key initiatives to transform how we conduct business," said Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. "This new office will help us to establish vital partnerships with businesses across the country and abroad, sharing the world-class expertise of our faculty and helping businesses generate new products, new technologies and new economic growth."

Office of Industry Collaboration

"The Office of Industry Collaboration (OIC) was formed in July 2013 to enhance the connection between CU Boulder and local, state, national, and international industry and business partners. The office is intended to be the identifiable entry point into CU Boulder and is now part of the Research & Innovation Office ("RIO") [see below - 2016]." About Us

Industry Collaboration Office

Industry Collaboration Brochure

September 23, 2013 Meeting


Overview of University Operations

The $40M Ideas

Communications Platform

See also:

A new era in communications, July 3, 2012
Culture of Innovation


Additional Documents

CU Boulder Academic Affairs Priorities 2013 - 2014

The Innovative & Entrepreneurial University, U.S. Department of Commerce

- Promoting Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Encouraging Faculty Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Actively Supporting Technology Transfer
- Facilitating University-Industry Collaboration
- Engaging with Regional and Local Economic Development Efforts

Source: presentation slide from RIO Workshop: Working with Industry




Source: presentation slide from RIO Workshop: Lunch and Learn


"A collaborative effort including the University of Colorado Boulder and longtime partner Lockheed Martin received the Collaboration in Industry Award in Aerospace at last week's Colorado Business Roundtable industry collaboration awards luncheon.

The presentation, which included remarks from Gov. John Hickenlooper, was the first of its kind hosted by the Colorado Business Roundtable (COBRT) . . . .

The award-winning collaboration, called the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Tools, Applications, and Processing (TAP) Lab, enables collaboration between academia, industry, intelligence, defense and civil partners to advance the capability and utility of remote sensing data through access and innovation."

Colorado Business Roundtable

The Colorado Business Roundtable works with industry leaders, chambers of commerce, educational institutions and governmental bodies to improve the business environment, increase effectiveness and advocate for proactive, pro-business legislation to strengthen the economy and allow businesses to thrive in Colorado and the region.

The Colorado Business Roundtable is the state affiliate of the national Business Roundtable, and works and consults with them on policy issues that affect Colorado.

The national Business Roundtable is a politically conservative group of chief executive officers of major U.S. corporations formed to promote pro-business public policy. Wikipedia on National Business Roundtable


"The campus startup hub at the Village Center is intended to convene, educate, and build community around innovation and entrepreneurship. It is available for everyone to use- students, staff, faculty, and community members. The hub serves the purposes of: coworking, mentorship, events, workshops, and makerspace."

February 2, 2018

Colorado Springs Gazette Editorial: Colorado Leads way in hgher education

"The Gazette's editorial board met recently with CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano to discuss what the university does right . . .

DiStefano, like most of the administration throughout the system, runs his campus like a business. That involves treating students, prospective students, and tuition-paying parents as customers who want the school to make economic sense."

2017 - 2018     Mapping the Extent of the CU Commercialization Project



    October 3rd, 2018, 5:30-7:30pm, at the Village Center at Williams Village

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Campus Kickoff

Research and Innovation Week

Get in on RIO workshops, offered through November

With a different topic each session, ranging from proposal budgeting to book publishing and more, the Research & Innovation Office workshops are sure to inform. Lunch is provided at each of these events, but space is limited, so be sure to register.

Sept. 7: Navigating Resources for Research, Scholarship and Creative Work

Sept. 12: Packard Fellowships & Keck Research and Education Grants Workshop

Sept. 13: Navigating Resources for Research, Scholarship and Creative Work

Sept. 14: CU Internal Funding Opportunities Expo

Sept. 18: Book Publishing with University Press of Colorado

Oct. 9: A Conversation with Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation Terri Fiez

Oct. 11: Commercialization and Partnering with Industry

Oct. 24: Proposal Budgeting 101

Oct. 26: Finding Funding

Nov. 12: Early Career Investigator Opportunities

Nov. 29: Research & Innovation Seed Grant Workshop

RIO Workshops

Last update: September 25, 2018.