Coors Tribute Marks Start of Denver Campus Anniversary Celebrations

DEN Coors Family Bowen Yena MatkowskiDenver, Colo. - December 17, 2010 - Peter Coors ’97 Hon. has been an active champion of Johnson & Wales University since visionaries first considered a move west.

In June the campus quad was renamed Coors Family Commons, honoring the family’s unwavering dedication to JWU.

In the first of a string of festivities planned to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the campus, university trustees, leaders, guests and the Coors watched as a bronze plaque at the base of historic Treat Hall was unveiled.

“Placing the plaque to honor the Coors family near the Taylor Gates has special meaning for this campus,” President Bette Matkowski said. “Every incoming student and every graduate will walk by this plaque, and will be reminded of how significant the Coors family has been to Johnson & Wales University.”

In the early 1990s, as JWU administrators looked toward the new millennium, a western campus was a key target. Many cities, including San Diego, Calif., and Dallas, Texas, were considered. But with the personal lobbying and hands-on assistance of Coors, the decision was made to call Denver, with its gorgeous mountain geography and ideal central location, home. Without Coors and his thoughtful guidance, Colorado would be without JWU’s economic impact and unique educational model.

“It was a beautiful night in Denver, a beautiful dedication and a fitting tribute to the Coors family,” Matkowski said.

The campus launched its anniversary events in June, and will continue to celebrate throughout the coming academic year with faculty, staff and other dedicated individuals. The 10-year milestone serves as a time to reflect on past progress and future growth for the decades to come.

Pictured, l-r: University President John Bowen ’77; Chairman of the Board John Yena ’06 Hon., Marilyn Coors, Peter Coors ’97 Hon., and Denver President Bette Matkowski gather by Treat Hall and the Coors plaque.