Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter will become director of Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy on Feb. 1.

His term as governor ends Jan. 11.

The center  will be completely funded by private support, for the short-term by Fort Collins-based Bohemian Foundation and the San Francisco-based Energy Foundation.

Ritter will work closely with CSU’s rural economic development activities to advance statewide economic initiatives related to clean and renewable energy.

In this position, Ritter is also expected to start national and statewide dialogue among policymakers, business owners, environmental organizations and scientists.

Ritter, elected in 2006 as governor of Colorado, he earned a bachelor’s degree at CSU and a juris doctorate at the University of Colorado.

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During his tenure as governor, Ritter gained global recognition as a clean-energy leader. He worked with the private sector and other partners to bring hundreds of new companies to the state, helped create thousands of new jobs and signed  57 clean-energy bills into law.

As a result, Colorado has the second-highest renewable energy standard in the nation, the fourth-highest concentration of clean-energy workers in the country,and the first law in the country that will convert old and inefficient coal plants to cleaner natural gas.