CU in the 21st century: The power to change lives
University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
Institute for International Business and
Global Executive Forum
Center for International Business Education & Research
Elizabeth "Betsy" Hoffman, Ph.D., is president of the four-campus, 45,000 student University of
Colorado system. She also holds the faculty position of professor in the department of economics,
College of Arts and Sciences, at CU-Boulder. Prior to becoming CU president, she served as provost and
vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where she was also a
professor of economics, history, political science, psychology and a professor in the Institute of
Government and Public Affairs. At UIC Hoffman managed a $1 billion budget and headed the nation's
third largest health sciences center. She has published dozens of academic articles and reports, and has
been a consultant to a variety of American business organizations. Hoffman holds a Ph.D. in history from
the University of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. in economics from the California Institute of Technology, an M.A.
in history from the University of Pennsylvania. and a B.A. in history from Smith College.
It is now known simply as "The Gift," an endowment so large that no amount of words can adequately
describe it. The $250 million gift to the University of Colorado from Bill and Claudia Coleman is the largest
ever to a public university. The sheer size of It has captured the attention of local and national news
media, said CU President Betsy Hoffman.
The Denver Business Journal in a Jan. 19 editorial, talked about the importance of the gift: "The
Colemans' generosity raises CU several notches on the list of top research institutions in the United
States. It further cements the relationship between CU's Boulder campus, the Health Sciences Center
and the university's other campuses. And it will seed further grants and research in promising