Janine Davidson to be MSU Denver’s next president


Posted Thu, Feb 23, 2017


MEET THE PREZ: Newly elected MSU Denver President Janine Davidson addresses student’s, faculty and the media’s concerns during a Feb. 14th press conference at the university’s Student Success Building. [Photo: David Schaut]

DENVER, Auraria Campus — Janine Davidson was announced as the successor to current MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan by the Board of Trustees on Feb. 14.

Davidson, who was the 32nd undersecretary of the Navy, will officially take over for Jordan on July 1 after a two-week period in which both Jordan and Davidson will share the responsibilities of the position. The announcement came at a meet-and-greet session in front of a combination of about press members and students.

Both Davidson and Jordan hope that her experience will prepare her well for her leadership role. Davidson said that her experience in government has prepared her well, while Jordan hopes that her military background will drive her to action.

“Hopefully, there’s a bias for action,” Jordan said.

Based on the questions asked by students, the treatment and status of undocumented students were of high concern. Davidson maintained that she will follow Jordan’s precedent in her commitment to providing access to education for undocumented students. She also emphasized that, given the current political climate regarding immigration, that any action taken against undocumented students on the Auraria campus will require the requisite court order.

Students in attendance also voiced their concerns about the rising rate of sexual assaults on campuses nationwide. Davidson said that every student should feel safe and that the education of students and faculty alike about the services available at MSU Denver is paramount. She also revealed that colleges and the military are currently working together on brainstorming potential ideas to combat the issue.

Davidson is a University of Colorado alumnus and has a lengthy history of public service. She served in the Air Force as a second lieutenant and was the first woman in history to fly the tactical C-130. After earning her doctorate in international affairs at the University of South Carolina, she embarked upon her government career, ending up in the aforementioned undersecretary of the Navy position.

Jordan will continue in his capacity as president until July 1.


About David Schaut

David Schaut is a Denver area journalist and sports editor at The Metropolitan campus newspaper.

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