Founders Day Medal celebrates CSU’s best of the best

The Founders Day Medal, first awarded in 2010, honors CSU’s best of the best for their contributions to the University and the world.

Founders Day, Feb. 11, celebrates the day CSU was established as Colorado’s land-grant institution in 1870. It highlights the values that have sustained the university, the people who shaped it and its enduring mission of service through teaching, research and engagement.

Albert Yates, 12th president of Colorado State University is the recipient of 2019 Founders Day Medal.

Previous winners included the Monfort family (2010); Peace Corps visionary Maurice Albertson (2011); philanthropist Pat Stryker (2012); CSU’s eighth President, William Morgan and his wife, Lilla; longtime professor Tom Sutherland and his wife, Jean ; decades-long friends of the University Bob and Joyce Everitt (2015); veterinary oncology pioneer Dr. Stephen Withrow (2016); alumnus and Tuskegee Airman John Mosley (2017), and alumnus and business icon Walter Scott, Jr. (2018).

Read more about these extraordinary men and women below.

Al Yates at podium
Colorado State University President Albert C. Yates recognizes the CSU communities efforts recovering from the flood on campus during his 1997 Fall Address.

CSU Founders Day Medal recipients

William and Lilla Morgan: Architects of modern-day CSU

William Morgan family portrait
CSU President William Morgan with wife, Lilla; daughter, Dorcas; and son, Bryan, in their University residence (now Diversity House), in 1958.

Maurice Albertson: Peace Corps Co-founder, Professor Emeritus

Maury Albertson - Peace Corps Co-founder was a CSU professor
Maurice Albertson was a civil engineer and a CSU professor whose vision of clean water for all helped launch the Peace Corps.

Monfort family: Supporting Excellence at CSU

Myra Monfort receives Founders Day Medal
Colorado State University President Tony Frank presents Myra Monfort-Runyan with the Founders Day Medallion on CSUs 140th Birthday, Feb. 11, 2010.

Tom Sutherland: CSU’s indomitable spirit

Thomas Sutherland on his return after spending 2,353 days as a hostage in Lebanon.
Thomas Sutherland on his return to Fort Collins after spending 2,353 days as a hostage in Lebanon.

John Mosley: Great figure in CSU history

John Mosley as a Military Pilot
John Mosley was a military pilot in World War II.

Walter Scott, Jr. : Icon of engineering, supporter of students

walter scott
Walter Scott, Jr., speaking with students in the Walter and Suzanne Scott Engineering Building, Dec. 4, 2013.