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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.

Brad Baca, M.A.

Brad Baca

President - effective July 1, 2022

Brad Baca joined Western in 2002 as Vice President for Finance and Administration. 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 goals. Whether it is leading campus-wide strategic initiatives, serving on a statewide task force, or representing […]

Nancy E. Chisholm

Nancy E. Chisholm

Interim President

Nancy Chisholm was appointed by the Western Colorado University Board of Trustees as Interim President of the institution in May 2021. Prior to this appointment, she served two terms on the Board of Trustees until December 2020. Chisholm graduated from Western with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration in 1990. She is a […]

Patrick Magee

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 […]

Pamela A. Shaddock

Pamela A. Shaddock

Appointed December 2015 • Resigning June 30, 2022

Pamela Shaddock has a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Nebraska. Shaddock is an attorney and has resided in Colorado for over 30 years. In 2003, she was elected to an at-large seat on the Greeley City Council; thereafter, she served as the […]

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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.