October 9th, RCFC welcomes for the first time, the 15th, and first female president of Colorado State University, Joyce McConnell.  Kirvin Knox will introduce our distinguished guest.  Ms. McConnell is proud to lead one of our nation’s best land grant universities and to embody the progress CSU has made in embracing the diversity of its campus community.
 
Our speaker previously served as Dean of the College of Law, and then as Provost, at West Virginia University.  A life-long advocate for equity and for the preservation of our environment, McConnell has created and expanded initiatives that support the LGBTQ community, student success, innovation and entrepreneurship, humanities research, Title IX best practices and sustainable development.
 
Ms. McConnell grew up in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. as the oldest of four children.  Her parents, both military veterans, encouraged their children to get out of the house and explore their world, learning everything they could.  After earning her undergraduate degree from Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA) in 1979, she returned home and received her a degree from Antioch Law School, which is now part of the University of District of Columbia. She graduated in 1982 and went into private practice before being named a graduate teaching fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, igniting her passion for teaching and higher education.
 
Her husband, Vincent Trivelli, is a practicing attorney in Morgantown, and they have a daughter, Alexandra McConnell-Trivelli who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.