Regis Provost Named Board Chair of The Colorado Health Foundation

December 17, 2018

Regis University Provost Janet Houser was named as board chair of The Colorado Health Foundation.

The foundation aims to improve the overall health of Coloradans. Its $2.6 billion in assets makes it the largest foundation of any kind in Colorado and the third largest health foundation in the country. In 2017, the foundation awarded more than $80 million in grants and contributions to bring health in reach for all Coloradans.

Houser has served on the foundation board for eight years and oversaw the granting of more than $500 million as the philanthropy committee chair.

“To be asked to be board chair is a considerable privilege,” Houser said.

Foundation President and CEO Karen McNeil-Miller has created a new vision of social investing that will guide the foundation’s grant making moving forward. Houser’s role during the next two years will be to help implement the new approach and steer this new strategic direction.

“I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment that I’m part of this huge multi-billion-dollar company that is now going to focus on socially responsible investing and be a leader in the field,” Houser said.

The Colorado Health Foundation mirrors Regis’ social justice values.

“One of the things the health foundation works for is equity,” Houser said. “Equity in access, equity in health care, equity in access to fresh food, equity in the ability to get active, equity in access to primary care providers.”

Houser succeeds past chair Jerome Davis, Xcel Energy’s regional vice president.

Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Regis has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs and extensive online program offerings with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit