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Pillars of Shared Governance

Western Colorado University follows the model of shared governance, which includes the Board of Trustees, administration and faculty in decision-making and university strategy. The three branches of Western Colorado University’s leadership, along with community members, guide the University’s Strategic Plan.

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Brad Baca


Brad Baca is the 15th President of Western Colorado University. He joined Western in 2002 as Vice President for Finance and Administration. In 2013-14 he served as interim President. During his time at Western, Mr. Baca has developed a reputation as creative and trustworthy, someone who can convene stakeholders, facilitate problem solving, and accomplish complex […]

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Patrick Magee

Faculty Senate Chair, Associate Professor of Wildlife & Conservation Biology

How did you discover Western? I am a Colorado native and knew about the college for many years. I learned about a job opportunity at Western through a colleague and I was deeply appreciative to discover a small college in the mountains of Colorado. Western and I are a good fit. What are some of […]

James C. Pribyl

James C. Pribyl

Board Chair

Appointed April 2019 • Term expires 2023

James Pribyl provides clients government public policy management services specializing in natural resources, communications and technology. During his 35 years in the telecommunications industry, Pribyl served in state and federal government affairs positions at Northwestern Bell Telephone, US West Communications and MCI Communications. He capped his career as the chief federal government affairs executive at […]

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Visit Western

The best way to find out what makes Western such a special place is to experience it for yourself. Our student-led tours give you an insider’s perspective on everything from academics to student life.

Alumni Community

Alumni Community

We keep the Mountaineer spirit going strong within our alumni community. Whether getting together with friends at an annual event, making a donation or mentoring a student, graduates continue to play an important role in the Western community.