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Papers of Larry Edward Penley

Identifier: ULEP

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Larry Edward Penley consists of documents dated 2002 to 2008. The collection contains administrative correspondence and documents related to the Alcohol Task Force, as well as preparation notes for speeches, some university publications, and articles written by Penley and others.


  • Creation: 2002-2008


Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


Dr. Larry Edward Penley was the thirteenth president of Colorado State University and chancellor of the CSU System from 2003 to 2008.

Penley was born in Bristol, Virginia, on February 9, 1949, and grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee. He attended Wake Forest University, receiving his bachelor's degree in psychology and his master's degree in communication. Penley earned a doctorate in management from the University of Georgia. Upon completion of his doctorate, he joined the faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio as an assistant professor of management. While there, he also served as associate dean of the College of Business and associate professor of management. Penley moved to Arizona State University as professor of management and chair of the Department of Management. In 1991 he was appointed dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business. Penley's research focused primarily on the skills required of effective managers, including communication and career-related behaviors. He also has investigated the relationship between organizations and their employees.

In 2003 Penley accepted the position of president at Colorado State University. A year after Penley's arrival, CSU student Samantha Spady died at a local fraternity house, the result of an alcohol overdose. Following this tragedy, Penley created the Alcohol Task Force, led by Lt. Governor Jane Norton. His charge to the committee was to examine prevention, awareness, and other alcohol-related issues and return with recommendations. The Task Force returned with recommendations that led to the creation of awareness programs and AlcoholEdu, a required online class on alcohol awareness and abuse for incoming freshmen.

Penley was committed to accessible education for working adults and directed the development of a business plan for a new campus -- CSU Global. It was established in 2007 by the Colorado State University System (CSUS) Board of Governors with a central goal of meeting the educational needs of adult learners in the State of Colorado and beyond by providing high quality online programs.

Penley resigned from CSU in 2008. He and his wife, Yolanda Sanchez Penley, raised their two children, Jonathan and Josephine, in Arizona and have since returned to Arizona.


1.5 linear feet (3 document cases)

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Larry Penley was president of Colorado State University from 2003 to 2008. This collection documents some of the writings, decisions, and studies during his tenure. The collection contains Penley's correspondence, speech transcripts, Alcohol Task Force documents, reports, and university publications.


The collection consists of one series in three document cases:

Series 1: Subject files, 2002-2008


The Papers of Larry Edward Penley was transferred from the Office of the President, Colorado State University by Cara Neth on March 17, 2009. Additional material was transferred from the Office of the President, Colorado State University by Nik Olsen on March 8, 2013.

Online Materials

Some materials have been scanned and are available through the Colorado State University Libraries website. In the electronic version of this document, direct links appear in context.

Related Collections

In addition to individual president's records, the Papers of Larry Edward Penley are related to the Records of the President's Office.


Work on the collection was completed in April 2013. Metal clips were removed and replaced with plastic clips as necessary. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes.

Inventory Note

Note: Title information supplied by the archivist is bracketed.

Guide to the Papers of Larry Edward Penley
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Victoria Lopez-Terrill
Copyright 2013
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Script of description
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA