Two new members of the Board of Governors for the CSU System got
on board in early March to help steer CSU and CSU-Pueblo.
Chad McWhinney and Diane Evans, both native Coloradans and local
businesspeople, were appointed by Gov. Bill Owens to serve on the
“It’s something I’m very excited about,” McWhinney said. “I
would look after CSU just like I would look after my own
The Board of Governors oversees the operation of both
universities and is responsible for hiring presidents for each
university and deciding curriculum, enrollment, tuition, personnel
and land-sale issues.
“The best analogy I could use is that the university and the
university’s administration do a lot of the rowing where the Board
of Governors does a lot of the steering,” said Jesse Lauchner,
president of Associated Students of CSU and a non-voting member of
the board. “They kind of have the sole authority over the larger
The board is compromised of thirteen members, nine of who are
appointed by the governor and approved by the Colorado Senate.
Members of the board can serve two four-year terms.
“All of us have either been appointed or re-appointed by Gov.
Owens,” said Jeff Shoemaker, vice president of the Board of
Governors. “We are one of several boards that the governor
The remaining four consist of one student and one faculty
representative from each campus. These four are elected by their
peers and do not vote.
“(Students and faculty) are not voting members, but they are
very much involved in discussion,” Shoemaker said. “The board tries
to find the proper mix between involvement and micromanaging.”
McWhinney and Evans both attended their first Board of Governors
meeting on March 16.
McWhinney is the president and CEO of McWhinney Enterprises in
Loveland. McWhinney Enterprises is a northern Colorado real estate
company dedicated to “innovative, high quality and responsible real
estate development,” McWhinney said.
Evans has worked with the Land Title Guarantee Company in Castle
Rock for 25 years, and now serves as the vice president.
Both new members are pleased to have been selected and look
forward to serving the CSU System.
“I believe that CSU is one of the main backbones of northern
Colorado,” McWhinney said. “I hope to bring some of my business and
leadership experience to the university.”
Evans is already impressed with the operation of the board.
“I’m really looking forward to looking into (CSU and
CSU-Pueblo),” Evans said. “I was very impressed with all of the
board members and the faculty.”