The gift, the largest in the college's history, recognizes the quality of its faculty and leadership and will help the college achieve its portion of CSU's ongoing capital campaign, which has raised more than $1.2 billion to date.
A former president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Blake was appointed to the Colorado State University System Board of Governors in 2006 and served as the system's first sole chancellor from 2009 until 2011, when he retired.
"I have nothing but the highest regard for the faculty at CSU," said Blake. "They're just remarkable. And how do you enhance their prestige and their value better than bringing the best young minds for them to light up?"
"Joe's passion for Colorado State is just remarkable," said CSU president Joyce McConnell. "His belief in the transformative power of education becomes apparent to anyone within moments of meeting him. We are a better institution because of Joe and his vision for CSU."
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