Office of the Chancellor
Dear Readers: When the sun rose over the University o Denver on Oct. 3, television crews rom the network morning shows were already at work, broadcasting live rom outside the Ritchie Center and reminding the country to tune intothe biggest news o the day: the rst presidential debate o the 2012 campaign. As the day unolded, roughly 3,000 media proessionals rom 47 countries swarmed across campus, readying orthe 90-minute showdown between the two men vying or the highest oce in the nation.For the University o Denver and or our students, aculty, sta and alumni, debate day was an opportunity toparticipate in the ultimate educational event—one critical to our democracy, one that would be ollowed all overthe world and one that would shine a spotlight on our remarkable students and aculty, our astonishing campus,our dynamic city and our beautiul state. We knew the debate would provide us great media exposure. But that’s not the only reason we sought to hostthe debate. Whenever we scan the horizon or opportunities, we look to our vision statement or guidance:The University o Denver will be a great private university dedicated to the public good. What better way tocontribute to the public good than by oering a orum or discussion among those who seek to lead us as weconront the great issues o the day? And what better way to serve our many constituencies than by supporting aprocess so essential to a healthy democracy?The University also wanted to unite the campus and our alumni community around a spectacular event,something all o us would remember or the rest o our lives. And a presidential debate—which one university president has dubbed the “Super Bowl o politics”—is a spectacular event with great educational value.To ensure the debate’s success, and its value to our students and alumni, the University hosted more than 100debate-related events—everything rom lectures to movie screenings—in the months and weeks leading up toOct. 3. More than 25,000 people attended this programming—yet more proo that the public thirsts or intelligentdiscussion about complex issues.The debate also gave us a valuable opportunity to partner with city and state agencies and entities. The University was ounded well beore Colorado became a state, and we’ve grown up alongside the city we call home. Sonaturally we savor the chance to bring an international event to this wonderul place.Opinions may dier about which o the candidates emerged victorious rom Magness Arena. To my mind, thereal winner was the University o Denver. A special thank you is owed to our students, alumni, aculty and sta.Together, we made history.
Ofce o the Chancellor
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