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Warner College of Natural Resources receives $1.5 million gift

November 20, 2009

Colorado State University's Warner College of Natural Resources received a $1.5 million gift from Jim Kennedy that will help promote sustainability and conservation efforts in natural resources management.

Endowed chair, conservation education

This moose was spotted last year on the Pingree Park campus west of Fort Collins. Photo by CSU Photography.

As part of the Campaign for Colorado State University, the gift will help support two college initiatives:

Sustain and expand programs

“We are grateful for Mr. Kennedy’s extremely generous philanthropic investment to both of these priority initiatives. The Warner College has a long-standing commitment to conservation and conservation education.

"It is because of individuals like Mr. Kennedy that we are able to sustain and expand innovative programs. The real beneficiaries are the students and faculty. These programs will significantly enhance the college’s reputation for excellence in natural resources learning, discovery and engagement,” said Joyce Berry, dean of the Warner College of Natural Resources.

A WCNR student extracts fish DNA from tissue samples for genetics research.

Wildlife conservation

The wildlife conservation faculty chair will enhance opportunities for research on wildlife populations, especially related to big game conservation, and encourage collaborations to solve state, national and international issues.

New generation of leaders

The Conservation Leadership Through Learning initiative is motivated by a new concept in conservation education that blends disciplines, cultures and learning methods. It will build upon a tradition of success to create a new generation of leaders who will guide the way to a sustainable future.

The initiative will employ integrated coursework that draws from three core areas:

  • natural and physical sciences
  • social sciences
  • management
  • leadership

Students will participate in coursework and field work in Colorado and Mexico.

Jim Kennedy, chairman of Cox Enterprises Inc., has donated $1.5 million to the Warner College of Natural Resources.

About Jim Kennedy

Kennedy was chairman and CEO of privately held Cox Enterprises Inc., for 20 years before retiring as CEO in January 2009. He continues as chairman of the company. Cox Enterprises Inc. is a leading communications, media and automotive services company.

Under Kennedy’s leadership, Cox Enterprises created Cox Conserves – the company’s national sustainability program - to conserve resources, embrace renewable forms of energy and reduce the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2017.

Cox Conserves also encourages the company’s 66,000 employees and the communities Cox serves to engage in eco-friendly practices. The Georgia Conservancy named Kennedy as its 2009 Distinguished Conservationist of the Year in recognition of his longtime commitment to the environment.

Full news release

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