Colorado Governor Bill Ritter announced on Wednesday that he will become director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University upon leaving office.
Ritter, who decided a year ago that he would not seek a second term in office, has staked his reputation on enacting policies to support renewable energy production in Colorado.
Colorado now has the fourth-highest concentration of clean-energy workers in the country and the second-highest renewable energy standard in the nation.
Ritter said in a statement Wednesday that "the Center for the New Energy Economy will serve as a national leader as we move toward a future in which our children will produce and consume energy far differently than we do today."
Ritter will begin his new job in February. He leaves office on January 11 when Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, also a Democrat, gets sworn in.