Regis University, founded in 1877 in Las Vegas, New Mexico, moved to
Colorado in 1884. Its original Colorado home was in Morrison, but when
John Brisbane Walker, an entrepreneur developer, offered the Jesuits a
plot of land in 1887, the permanent home was established. Main Hall,
which was completed in 1887, was the only building on campus until 1911,
when expansion began.
In 1996, Betty Williams of Northern Ireland became the first Nobel Peace
Prize winner to speak on the Regis University campus. Since that time,
11 other Nobel Laureates have spoken at Regis. The most recent Nobel
Laureate visitor was Lech Walesa, leader of the Solidarity Movement in
Poland. He spoke in the Spring of 2006.
The motto “Men and Women in Service of Others” on the University seal
describes the purpose of Jesuit education: to form men and women who use
their knowledge in the unselfish service of others. It also expresses
the desire of Regis’ faculty and staff to be of service to students and