In a time when higher education is on the chopping block, recently sustaining hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts, the three newly appointed members of the CSU System Board of Governors are its ardent supporters, a board spokesperson said.
Knowledgeable and conversant in the issue of improving funding to higher education, the appointees, confirmed by the Colorado Senate last Thursday and sworn into the BOG Tuesday, back public higher education in all forms, BOG spokesperson Michele McKinney said in an e-mail to the Collegian.
They â€œunderstand the importance for a state to have a premiere university systemâ€ and â€œThey believe a well-educated citizenship is very important,â€ she said.
The following individuals were appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to serve a four-year term on the 13-member board: BOG Vice Chair Ed Haselden, who was reappointed in his current position, and prominent Castle Rock resident Mary Lou Makepeace and Scott Johnson, a business owner from Kit Carson, who were both appointed as new members.
While state education institutions work with Ritterâ€™s strategic planning groups to evaluate how the recession has impacted higher education funding, the appointees will join in the BOGâ€™s efforts to generate additional revenue sources for the system, consider using different tuition models and push fundraising efforts.
â€œWe are pleased to have Mary Lou and Scott join the board and to have Ed continue on as vice chair,â€ said BOG Chair Patrick McConathy, in a press release. â€œEach person brings to this board a keen perspective and real passion about the value of public higher education and the importance of keeping education affordable to all students.â€
Johnson has been assigned to work on the BOG Finance Committee and Makepeace to the boardâ€™s Audit Committee; both were assigned to the newly created Academic and Student Affairs Committees.
Haselden, who earned his degree in architectural engineering and business finance from CU-Boulder, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver Metro Economic Development Corp. and serves as the national director of the Associated General Contractors of America, a trade association for the construction industry.
He will continue to serve on the BOG as the vice chair.
Currently the vice president for Colorado programs of the Gay and Lesbian Fund, Makepeace was the first female mayor of Colorado Springs, serving from 1997 to 2003.
She has served on several local, state and national committees including the Energy Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and is an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
A fourth generation CSU graduate, Johnson currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Cattlemenâ€™s Beef Association and the associationâ€™s 401K Administration Committee. He is a basketball coach at Kit Carson High School and serves as a member of the National Western Stock Show and Colorado Farm Bureau.
BOG members are not compensated for serving on the board, McKinney said.
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CSU System board of governorsâ€™ new appointees
Current BOG Vice Chair Ed Haselden
-graduated from CU-Boulder
–CEO of Haselden Construction
-community leader from Castle Rock
Prominent Castle Rock resident Mary Lou Makepeace
-first female mayor of Colorado Springs (1997 to 2003)
-current vice president for Colorado programs of the Gay and Lesbian Fund
-degrees from CU-Boulder and the University of South Dakota
Kit Carson business owner Scott Johnson
-owns/operates Flying Diamond Ranch cattle operation in Cheyenne, Elbert and Lincoln counties
-serves on the Board of Directors of the National Cattlemenâ€™s Beef Association
-basketball coach at Kit Carson High School