CSU kinship spans decades in Bill Hindman’s family

Time and time again, Colorado State University demonstrates lasting family impact; the Hindmans know this better than most. Brothers Jim and Bill Hindman both attended the University—and recently passed the torch on to Bill’s grandson Jackson.

Originally a Chicago native, Bill Hindman discovered his love for Colorado and CSU after spending several summers working for a boys ranch camp in Steamboat Springs. Pursuing his passion in ranching and the rural west, Hindman started with a major in animal husbandry.

Eventually diverting his educational interests to business and journalism, Hindman served as editor for the Rocky Mountain Collegian. Hindman built his University activities around Sigma Phi Epsilon, spending most of his time exploring campus opportunities with his fraternity brothers Bill Hunt, Associated Students of Colorado State University president; Mike Montgomery, Interfraternity Council President; and Jack Murray, head of the Student Union Board.

“The four of us had most of the key leadership positions, which made it kind of fun,” Hindman reflected.

Despite graduating more than 50 years ago, these good memories aid Hindman in staying connected with the University. Packing up his grandson and moving him to campus demonstrates one way that Ram ties never fade.

“The thing that still attracts me to CSU is that the brand or reputation is still a wholesome, academic institution where people understand ethics, achievement, and focus,” Hindman said.  “That reputation has held for more than 50 years.” 

Symbolic of Hindman’s own switch from animal husbandry to a more modern program of study like business and journalism, CSU also experienced shifts toward modernity. The 1950s saw a movement from an agricultural past to a university-style future – this change prompted talk of a name change from Colorado A&M to Colorado State University.

“The conversation really had to do with ‘when do you make the break,’ because the institution had grown to where it could support separate colleges and there became a university, which prompts prestige and fundraising,” Hindman said.

The school eventually decided it was time to look forward and instead of back and therefore, became a University in June 1957.

This all-encompassing education attributed to Hindman’s success from utilizing a wide-range of on-campus opportunities, like the school newspaper, Greek life, and the varsity swim team, to achieving a successful career in public relations and advertising.

After a successful career with AT&T built on an education from CSU, Hindman brought his grandson, Jackson, to the University in fall 2012. Hindman has high hopes that – though many decades removed from the big changes of the 1950s – Jackson will find the same kinship with Colorado State University that his grandfather and uncle did.