Joe Blake is Chancellor Emeritus of the Colorado State University System. As chancellor, he oversaw Colorado State University, CSU-Pueblo, and CSUGlobal. He was the chief spokesperson for the CSU System, managed the System’s legislative operations, and worked to help secure more sustainable funding for higher education in Colorado.
He currently chairs Colorado Wants You, a statewide 501 (c)(3) organization created by business and civic leaders to support the military’s operational and combat units in Colorado. A Colorado native, Blake was president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce for nearly a decade. Prior to his service to the Chamber, he was part of the senior leadership team that created Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Blake has served on the CSU Board of Governors, the Colorado Baseball Commission, the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (Chair), and the Colorado Transportation Commission (Chair). His past and present community service includes the Hospice of St. John Foundation, the Denver Zoological Foundation, The Denver Foundation, the Denver Public Schools Foundation, the Denver Scholarship Foundation, Denver County Court Judicial Nominating Commission, Colorado Concern, and the Denver Metro Chamber.
Recognition for Blake’s past civic and community service includes the Colorado Business Hall of Fame, Denver Business Journal Legacy Award, The El Pomar Foundation Community Leadership Award, the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, and lifetime achievement recognition from Metro Volunteers and the Denver Metro Chamber.
Blake is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Colorado School of Law. He is the father of two children, Anne and Joe, and the grandfather of four grandsons