On Tuesday, Colorado State University President Larry Penley sent an e-mail to the campus community confirming rumors that university officials had met with the editor and publisher of The Coloradoan, the Gannett paper in Fort Collins, Colo., to discuss a "potential strategic partnership." Here is the complete e-mail, sent to all faculty, staff and students at 5:52 p.m.:
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students of Colorado State University:
Based on a few questions from faculty and the many students who
stopped by my office today, I want to update you regarding inquiry
from the Coloradoan - a Gannett owned newspaper - relative to a
potential strategic partnership with the Collegian.
Today, ASCSU President Katie Gleeson and I met with Coloradoan
Publisher Christine Chin and Executive Editor Robert Moore to listen
to their ideas.
Late last year, Christine Chin called my office to set up an
appointment to discuss a potential collaboration, and based on the
university's strong relationship with the Coloradoan, we agreed to
hear what the newspaper organization could offer our students.
As a result of today's meeting, we have asked Gannett to submit a
formal proposal, and asked that they address how a strategic
-Would enhance educational opportunities for student journalists;
-Would enhance professional opportunities for student journalists;
-Could enhance journalism faculty advisory participation;
-Could improve services to the larger student body.
Should the Coloradoan choose to move forward, we will make the
consideration of the proposal a public process whereby input from
students, faculty and staff will guide my advice to the Board of
Governors in making any decisions. Ultimately, the Board and I want
to seek opportunities to improve the student experience - including
educational and career opportunities - at Colorado State University.
People interested in commenting, can reach President Penley directly at Larry.Penley@colostate.edu.