Photo: Dr. Joe Davenport, first president of CMCDAVENPORT LEGACY SOCIETY

The first president of Colorado Mountain College, Dr. Joe Davenport, guided construction of the Spring Valley and Leadville campuses, developed the early curriculum and established relationships with faculty, staff, students and community members. The Davenport Legacy Society, named in honor of Dr. Davenport's vital contributions, recognizes those alumni and friends who have made future provisions for the Colorado Mountain College Foundation in their estate plans, in any form or amount.

If you would like to make a lasting impact on CMC, it's students and our communities, there are several gift arrangements to choose from. Whether you would like to put your donation to work today or benefit us after your lifetime, you can find a charitable plan that lets you provide for your family and support the CMC Foundation.

For more information about the Davenport Legacy Society, please contact:
Kristin Heath Colon, CMC Foundation CEO

Already made a gift to the CMC Foundation in your will or trust? Fill out this form so we can keep our records up to date and add you to the Davenport Legacy Society!

Learn more about Dr. Joe Davenport from those who knew him. The following is pulled directly from the 1968 Colorado Mountain College Yearbook (the year of his passing).

“...not that he’d feel he deserved a tribute or would want us to take the time to sit around mourning… but maybe just a pause to say thanks. Here was an educator who didn’t just talk about a better way to educate, but had the ‘guts’ to try it. Oh, there are others and he left more of us to carry on than there were before. It’s a monumental task to start a new college, especially an innovative one, but no one knew it more than Dr. Joe.

We may check the sky when we hear an airplane go over, thinking of his frequent trips between campuses; we’ll miss his folksy hello and his pat on the back when we feel discouraged. Not the usual type of encouragement to come from the president of a college perhaps, but then he wasn’t a usual man.

But we must get on with it… not just for the hundreds of students today but for the thousands who will come in the future. Perhaps most of all, we must get on with it for Dr. Joe. What better tribute could anyone have than a living, working institution for the education of all who aspire to learn. We’re sitting here on top of the nation but don’t worry, Dr. Joe, we’re not just sitting, but reaching ever higher ”