An Unprecedented Opportunity

The Campaign for the Isaacson School for New Media powers innovation and will establish the Isaacson School as a nationally-recognized center of New Media excellence. The Isaacson School has a legacy of generous support. It was established through the generosity of long-time Colorado Mountain College supporter and founder of the CMC Board of Overseers, Jim Calaway and other philanthropists. With your support, the Isaacson School will maintain this legacy and take its place at the leading edge of digital media learning.

Walter Isaacson

As the Isaacson School for New Media’s namesake and President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, Walter Isaacson has long been a thought leader and new media pioneer. His career accomplishments include CEO of CNN, managing editor of TIME Magazine, and author of many best-selling books including the biography of Steve Jobs.

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Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.

He is the author of Steve Jobs (2011), Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986).

Isaacson was born on May 20, 1952, in New Orleans. He is a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He began his career at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of new media before becoming the magazine's 14th editor in 1996. He became chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003.

He is chair emeritus of Teach for America, which recruits recent college graduates to teach in underserved communities. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States, a position he held until 2012. He is vice-chair of Partners for a New Beginning, a public-private group tasked with forging ties between the United States and the Muslim world. He is on the board of United Airlines, Tulane University, and the Overseers of Harvard University. From 2005-2007, after Hurricane Katrina, he was the vice-chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority.

He lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, DC.

Support Opportunities

  • Development and Outreach
    How Your Gift Helps

    Development and Outreach
    Engaging prospective students, informing communities, and connecting with businesses is essential to establishing the Isaacson School as a nationally-recognized center of New Media excellence.

    • Recruiting and Outreach Director
    • Colorado Creative Culture Competition (C4)
    • Fusion Conferences
    • Insight Classroom
    • Online | Mobile | Social Communication
    • Summer Studio Camp

  • Instructional Resources
    How Your Gift Helps

    Instructional Resources
    Cutting-edge instructional resources are imperative to meeting the goals of the Isaacson School for New Media. To position our graduates for the best, we must provide them with the same.

    • Production Library
    • Radio CMC
    • Student Storytelling
    • Student Digital Galleries
    • Signature Online Learning
    • New Media Lecture Series

  • Performance Scholarships
    How Your Gift Helps

    The Isaacson School aspires to attract students who aim to take their talents and abilities to the highest levels of achievement. Attracting these top performers requires generous utilization of performance-based scholarships awarded in carefully considered and targeted ways.

    • Colorado Scholarships
    • Juried Scholarship Competition
    • National and International Scholarships

  • Staff Development
    How Your Gift Helps

    The rapid rate of evolution within the New Media field mandates that Isaacson School staff continually further their knowledge to remain at the leading edge. These opportunities also engage faculty to connect and develop integral relationships with peers in the field.

    • Endowed Chairs
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Faculty Certifications
    • National Academic Representation
    • Faculty Development

  • For additional information, please call 970.947.8380.

    Curriculum Areas

    The Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College is a cutting-edge educational opportunity designed to prepare students for a career in today's digital world. We believe in the power of an innovative, dynamic, engaging learning environment that fosters a skill set beyond its walls, imparting graduates with the real-world experience and insight required for long-term success.

    We focus on the digital storytelling genres that are shaping today's digital landscape: professional digital photography, graphic design, digital production and filmmaking, digital marketing, and digital journalism.

    The Leadership Team

    Gino Rossetti – Co-Chair
    Retired Architect

    Charles Cunniffe – Co-Chair
    CMC Board of Trustees Pitkin County Representative; Principal of Cunniffe Architects

    Jim Calaway

    John Fullerton

    Contact Us

    Mailing Address:
    PO Box 1763,
    Glenwood Springs,

    Make A Gift

    Colorado Mountain College Foundation

    To learn more about how you can be involved with the Isaacson School for New Media, please contact:

    Kristin Heath Colon
    Colorado Mountain College Foundation CEO
    Phone: 970.947.8380

    The Colorado Mountain College Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.