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Western Board of Trustees Announces Brad Baca as 14th President

The Board of Trustees of Western Colorado University proudly announces it has selected William Bradley (Brad) Baca, M.A., as Western’s 14th president. Baca is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Western and previously served as the university’s interim president in 2013.

“We are grateful that Brad accepted the position as he has in-depth experience and understanding of Colorado higher education, which he consistently uses to the betterment of the University. Moreover, his passion and commitment to Western cannot be rivaled,” said Pamela Shaddock, Chair of Western’s Board of Trustees.

Baca’s selection is the result of a nationwide search led by James Pribyl, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. Pribyl and 10 other committee members from the board, faculty, staff, students, and community at large worked with AGB Search to identify a pool of highly qualified and diverse candidates.

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Presidential Search Final Candidates

Brad Baca

Brad Baca, M.A.

Brad Baca is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at 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 goals. Whether it is leading campus-wide strategic initiatives, serving on a statewide task force, or representing Western at the State Capitol, Mr. Baca has always demonstrated passionate stewardship of Western’s mission and values and a strong dedication to student success.

Prior to joining Western, Mr. Baca served for over three years as Director of Budgets for the Colorado Community College System. He also served as a budget and policy analyst on the staff of former Colorado Governor Roy Romer.

As a rural Colorado native and a first generation Hispanic student, Baca earned a B.A. degree in Government from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He also earned an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Colorado-Boulder, focusing on education policy.

Baca lives in Almont with his wife Julie, a Western alumna, and their four children. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time with his family mountain biking, skiing, camping, fishing and bow hunting.

Michelle Rogers

Michelle Rogers, Ed.D.

Dr. Michelle Rogers is a first-generation college student with broad experience in both higher education and the corporate world. As Vice President for Administration at the University of Redlands, she reports to the president and provides vision, leadership, strategic direction, management, and support for university-wide operations including human resources, Title IX and equity, facilities and real estate, safety and security, event and office services, risk management, and environmental and institutional sustainability. She currently serves as the University’s Director of COVID management and is overseeing the development of University Village, a public-private partnership to create a 30-acre sustainably developed, transit-oriented neighborhood on university-owned land.

In her prior role as Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board, Michelle served as the president’s primary strategic liaison with university and community constituencies and in so doing set the tone for communications emanating from the President’s Office. She was responsible for planning, handling, and overseeing a wide range of institutional matters; coordinating all presidential office operations and activities in support of institutional priorities; providing specialized services and support to the president and board of trustees; and assisting the president in addressing major issues confronting the institution.

Before joining the University of Redlands, Rogers was the Assistant Deputy to the President for Administration and Research at the University of Rochester where she previously served as the ITS Assistant Director for Communications. She gained valuable experience in the corporate world working for many years at Element K Journals, where she served sequentially as Managing Editor, then Senior Director of Editorial, Design, and Web Services, and ultimately as Publisher and General Manager. Prior to that, she was a technical writer for payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing innovator Paychex, Inc., where she worked at their corporate headquarters in Rochester, N.Y.

Rogers earned her bachelor of arts in public relations and English literature from the State University of New York at Oswego, a master of science in higher educational administration from the University of Rochester’s Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education, and a doctor of education in Leadership for Educational Justice at the University of Redlands. Her master’s thesis explored the significance of the Oswego Primary Teachers’ Training School’s role in transforming American pedagogy and the proliferation of American normal and teaching schools based on its model. The recipient of the Alpha Delta Kappa Outstanding Graduate Student Award, her dissertation is titled Navigating a Cleft Habitus: A Phenomenological Study of Social Class and the College Experience.

Rogers is the co-author (with Alvarado, A. R.) of Let’s talk about class: Exploring social class identity through intergroup dialogue in Martin, G. L. & Ardoin S. (Eds.), Social class supports: Examples of programs and practices to serve poor and working class students in higher education. She is currently serving as an adjunct professor in the School of Education and is an ATIXA certified Civil Rights Investigator Level Two. Rogers has presented nationally at conferences for the Association of Governing Boards (AGB), the Newsletter and Electronic Publishing Association (NEPA), and EDUCAUSE.

Rogers lives in Loma Linda, CA with her husband Tim, daughter Alivia, and two dogs.

Finalist Interviews/Stakeholder Forums

Stakeholder Meeting Schedule

All finalists in the Presidential Search will participate in meetings and interviews with the following groups: Search Committee, Board of Trustees, Foundation Board & Campaign Leadership, Senior Cabinet, Faculty, Staff, Students, Donors, Alumni, Community Members, Interim President, and Human Resources.

The sessions below are intended for specific stakeholder groups.

Tuesday, March 8th

Brad Baca, M.A.

Time Stakeholder Group(s) Location
12:30-1:45 Faculty Forum Library: West Wing Reading Room
3:15-4:15 Staff Forum University Center South Ballroom
4:30-5:30 Student Forum University Center South Ballroom
5:45-7:00 Reception with Trustees, Alumni, Donors, & Community Members Rady Building Lobby

 

Thursday, March 10th

Michelle Rogers, Ed.D.

Time Stakeholder Group(s) Location
12:30-1:45 Faculty Forum Library: West Wing Reading Room
3:15-4:15 Staff Forum Library: West Wing Reading Room
4:30-5:30 Student Forum Library: West Wing Reading Room
5:45-7:00 Reception with Trustees, Alumni, Donors, & Community Members Rady Building Lobby

Presidential Search Committee

James C. Pribyl

James Pribyl

Trustee/Chair

James Pribyl is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a former United States Air Force officer. Currently, Mr. Pribyl provides clients with public policy management services, specializing in natural resources, communications and technology. During his 35 years in the telecommunications industry, Jim served in government affairs positions at Northwestern Bell Telephone, US West Communications and MCI Communications. He was the top federal government affairs executive at Level 3 Communications, a global internet network carrier based in Colorado. Mr. Pribyl has served as chief of staff to a governor and worked for two U.S. senators. He has consulted on campaigns for governor, US Senate and president. Jim serves on the board of Conservation Colorado, an environmental advocacy organization.

Richard Todd

Richard Todd

Trustee

Richard Todd graduated from Western Colorado University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Finance in 1983. Rich is chief executive officer and co-founder of Innovest Portfolio Solutions and has more than 30 years of experience in investment consulting. He has been named as one of America’s top 100 independent investment advisors by Barron’s and was selected as a 2017 outstanding CEO by ColoradoBiz magazine. Prior to establishing Innovest, he was a first vice president of the Investment Management Consulting Group of Dain Bosworth and Managing Director of RPRime Services—the consulting department at Rauscher Pierce Refsnes. He earned the Certified Investment Management Consultant designation from the Institute for Investment Management Consultants Association.

Headshot of Alvina Vasquez

Alvina Vasquez

Trustee

Alvina Vasquez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Regis University in Denver and is a communications professional. She is the founder and president of Power Map Ltd., a public relations firm specializing in media and political strategy. Ms. Vasquez served as political director for Governor Jared Polis’ 2018 gubernatorial campaign, building a statewide network of opinion leaders and supporters. As a senior vice president of the Colorado office of Strategies 360, a public affairs firm, she led coalition-building and messaging efforts on a variety of local and national initiatives. Ms. Vasquez has more than two decades of experience in Spanish-language and general-market broadcasting and was recently recognized as one of the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. She serves on various organizational boards focused on education, equality and civic engagement. She currently serves as a fellow at the Latino Leadership Institute Executive Program at the Daniels College of Business.

Aquino G. Gallegos

Salif Mahamane, Ph.D.

Faculty

Salif Mahamane is an assistant professor of Psychology and serves on the graduate faculty for Master of Environmental Management and the Outdoor Industry Master of Business Administration programs at Western Colorado University. He also serves as chair of the Western Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Dr. Mahamane earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Utah State University in 2017, has a master’s in Psychology from New Mexico Highlands University and a bachelor’s in Psychology from Baylor University. At Utah State, Salif founded the USU Neurodiversity Group, working with students, faculty and staff with neurological and psychological conditions. Salif has spoken on USUIgnite! and TEDxUSU about his research as someone with ADHD.

James G. Oates

Brooke Moran, Ph.D.

Faculty

Brooke Moran has a Master of Arts from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a PhD from the University of New Hampshire. She is a professor of Recreation & Outdoor Education at Western. For two decades, she has helped students and clients develop leadership skills in university classrooms, virtual workshops, on remote mountain glaciers, at five-star resorts and Ivy League executive classrooms around the world. Her students have included minimum-security prisoners in Australia and C-suite executives in numerous corporations. At Western, Brooke has taught in six programs over 18 years. Dr. Moran has also worked with executives from such companies as PwC, Microsoft, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Schneider Electric, Hasbro, Ericsson and Fidelity. She regularly serves as adjunct faculty at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business and at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flager Business School.

James C. Pribyl

Adam Engleman

Student

Adam Engleman is the Student Government Association president and student trustee at Western Colorado University. Mr. Engleman is a senior studying business administration with a minor in economics. He is a member of the Honors program and achieved recognition on the 2020-2021 Dean’s List. A native of the Gunnison Valley, Adam has served as a member of Gunnison Sockeyes and the Gunnison Valley Citizen’s Climate Lobby. He volunteers for the Crested Butte Land Trust, Risers 4 Rett, Gunnison Food Pantry and the Senior Care Center. He also is a fly- fishing guide for Willowfly Anglers in Almont, Colorado. Adam is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, and was an Academic Leadership Program Scholarship member.

Theresa Szczurek

Sherry Ford

Staff

Sherry Ford, director of Western Business Services, came to Western as a non-traditional student following the Great Recession. Ms. Ford graduated in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree and began her WCU career as purchasing assistant, before becoming a contract administrator. She supervises the University’s contracts, procurement, student risk management, University Center operations, bookstore and the mail center. Sherry has been elected by her peers as the chair of the Mid-Managers Council for the past three years. The Mid-Managers council includes managers, directors and assistant vice presidents, providing student services.

Richard Todd

Jonathan Houck

At Large/Community

Jonathan Houck, chair of the Gunnison County Commissioners, is a 30-year resident of the Gunnison Valley and a 1996 Western graduate. Mr. Houck served as an educator, was founder of the Gunnison Valley School for at-risk students and was the outreach coordinator for Gunnison County Substance Abuse Prevention Project. He has served two terms on the Gunnison City Council, including a term as mayor. Jonathan was elected to the Gunnison County Commissioners in 2012, re-elected in 2016 and 2020. Recently, he was selected to the Technical Working Group for the wolf reintroduction program by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Headshot of Alvina Vasquez

Courtney Fullmer

At Large/Community

Courtney Fullmer is a Gunnison native, who received her bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego in 1993 and master’s from Colorado State University in 1998. Courtney’s ties to Western run deep, as her mother served Western as alumni director, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Courtney served as senior lecturer at Western Colorado University from 2001-2018, participating on various committees. Ms. Fullmer has served in numerous volunteer capacities, including eight years on the Gunnison Watershed School District Board of Education, and three years as board president. Courtney chaired the recent superintendent search committee that included input from all areas of the community and district.

Miriam Olvera

Rob Wright

At Large/Foundation

Rob Wright is a Western alumnus and designated to the search committee by the Western Foundation. Mr. Wright is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of digital experience building successful internet businesses. Rob is founder and chief executive officer of World Back to Work, a COVID-19 consultancy formed in early 2020. Prior to that, Rob was chief revenue officer for Fama Technologies, a leading social media background screening platform used by many Fortune 500 companies. Rob served as founder and CEO of Bungalow Clothing, a personal styling retailer focused on premium women’s apparel. Prior to Bungalow, Rob founded ReachLocal, Inc., an interactive marketing solutions company based in Los Angeles. He was instrumental in growing the company from three founders to more than 1,500 employees across 60-plus offices in eight countries, generating nearly $500 million in annual revenue.

Anthony Miccoli

Stephannie Finley Fortune

At Large

Stephannie’s career started in a family-owned business distributing food to the military. As a young volunteer, she developed a passion for public service and went on to have a career in public policy, government, community development and business. Stephannie served as chief of staff for a Colorado congressman representing the 3rd Congressional District. She served as assistant director at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, under Governor Bill Owens, chief of staff for a Lieutenant Governor and has worked for the University of Colorado system. Fortune started Spark and Soar to help executives arrive at clarity, solve complex problems and secure new opportunities. Stephannie is vice-chair of the board of directors for Pikes Peak United Way, and serves on the board of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. She has been named Volunteer of the Year by Pikes Peak United Way, recognized by Colorado Springs Business Journal as a person of influence and recognized with the Legacy “Women of Influence” award.

Updated search timeline as of 1.31.22
Subject to change as needed
Date Search Milestone
Nov 8-10, 2021 Search Launch

  • Profile posted on WCU website (11.8.21) and on AGB Search site (11.8.21)
  • Ads posted – (11.10.21)
Nov 8, 2021

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Jan 10, 2022

Application and recruitment period

  • AGB Search and committee seek nominations
  • AGB Search conducts outreach to potential candidates
  • AGB Search screens prospective candidates
Dec 16, 2021 Search Committee meeting (AGB virtual)

  • Emphasize confidentiality law and protocols
  • Review candidate assessment matrix developed by AGB Search for reviewing applications (draft to SC on Dec 9)
  • Develop interview questions for first round interviews
Jan 10, 2022 Application Deadline

  • Search Committee receives access to candidate applications on Sharefile, the AGB confidential online portal
  • AGB determines qualified candidate pool based on assessment matrix
Jan 20, 2022 Search Committee Meeting (Three hours virtual with AGB)

  • Search Committee reviews qualified candidate pool
  • Search Committee selects 8 semi-finalists
  • Search Committee reviews semi-finalists interview questions
  • AGB outlines due diligence process
Feb 17-19, 2022 Semi-finalist Interviews (virtual); Finalist Selection (Search Committee and AGB)

  • Search Committee interviews 8 semi-finalist candidates
  • Search Committee selects 3 or 4 finalists (meeting TBD)
  • AGB reviews reference check process
Feb 20-27, 2022 Finalist Initial Due Diligence

  • AGB Search conducts reference check due diligence
Feb 28, 2022 Meeting with SC Chair and Interim President (virtual)

  • Review AGB due diligence reports on finalists
  • Review schedule for March 7-11 finalist campus visits
  • Review stakeholder questions for finalist candidate stakeholder forums
March 7-11, 2022 Finalists Interviews on Western Campus
(AGB, Board of Trustees and Search Committee preferred on campus for finalist interviews)

  • Each Finalist on campus 2 days
  • Formal Interview with Board of Trustees (virtual optional)
  • Separate forums with key campus stakeholders
  • Campus and Gunnison valley tours
  • Benefits review with HR
March 17, 2022

(Spring Break Week)

Final Search Committee Meeting (virtual)

  • Review campus candidate forum results
  • Prepare final report for Board of Trustees
March 24, 2022 Board of Trustees Meeting to make final selection decision at March 24, 2022 meeting

  • On campus/hybrid meeting
  • Decision in public meeting

Meetings and Agendas

BOT Special Meeting Agenda
June 15, 2021
8:00-8:30 a.m.
Virtual meeting via Zoom. To join, click here.

Western Colorado University’s Presidential Search Committee, Chaired by Trustee Jim Pribyl, will meet weekly beginning Tuesday, June 15, 2021 for the duration of the search for Western Colorado University’s next President. The meetings are open to the public pursuant to Section 24-6-402(2)(b), C.R.S. The meetings will occur each Tuesday at 8 a.m., and are estimated to last approximately thirty minutes. The agenda for each of the weekly meetings is to provide a status update regarding the University’s search. Those interesting in observing the meetings may join by clicking here.

BOT Special Meeting Agenda
June 22, 2021
8:00-8:30 a.m.
Virtual meeting via Zoom. To join, click here.

Western Colorado University’s Presidential Search Committee, Chaired by Trustee Jim Pribyl, will meet weekly beginning Tuesday, June 15, 2021 for the duration of the search for Western Colorado University’s next President. The meetings are open to the public pursuant to Section 24-6-402(2)(b), C.R.S. The meetings will occur each Tuesday at 8 a.m., and are estimated to last approximately 30 minutes. The agenda for each of the weekly meetings is to provide a status update regarding the University’s search. Those interesting in observing the meetings may join by clicking here.

BOT Special Meeting Agenda
June 29, 2021
8:00-8:30 a.m
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click here.

Western Colorado University’s Presidential Search Committee, Chaired by Trustee Jim Pribyl, will meet weekly beginning Tuesday, June 15, 2021 for the duration of the search for Western Colorado University’s next President. The meetings are open to the public pursuant to Section 24-6-402(2)(b), C.R.S. The meetings will occur each Tuesday at 8 a.m., and are estimated to last approximately 30 minutes. The agenda for each of the weekly meetings is to provide a status update regarding the University’s search. Those interesting in observing the meetings may join by clicking here.

BOT Special Meeting Agenda
July 6, 2021
8:00-8:30 a.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click here.

Western Colorado University’s Presidential Search Committee, Chaired by Trustee Jim Pribyl, will meet weekly beginning Tuesday, June 15, 2021 for the duration of the search for Western Colorado University’s next President. The meetings are open to the public pursuant to Section 24-6-402(2)(b), C.R.S. The meetings will occur each Tuesday at 8 a.m., and are estimated to last approximately thirty minutes. The agenda for each of the weekly meetings is to provide a status update regarding the University’s search. Those interesting in observing the meetings may join by clicking here.

BOT Special Meeting Agenda
July 20, 2021
8:00-8:30 a.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click here.

Western Colorado University’s Presidential Search Committee, Chaired by Trustee Jim Pribyl, will meet weekly beginning Tuesday, June 15, 2021 for the duration of the search for Western Colorado University’s next President. The meetings are open to the public pursuant to Section 24-6-402(2)(b), C.R.S. The meetings will occur each Tuesday at 8 a.m., and are estimated to last approximately thirty minutes. The agenda for each of the weekly meetings is to provide a status update regarding the University’s search. Those interesting in observing the meetings may join by clicking here.

BOT Special Meeting Agenda
July 27, 2021
8:00-8:30 a.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click here.

Western Colorado University’s Presidential Search Committee, Chaired by Trustee Jim Pribyl, will meet weekly beginning Tuesday, June 15, 2021 for the duration of the search for Western Colorado University’s next President. The meetings are open to the public pursuant to Section 24-6-402(2)(b), C.R.S. The meetings will occur each Tuesday at 8 a.m., and are estimated to last approximately thirty minutes. The agenda for each of the weekly meetings is to provide a status update regarding the University’s search. Those interesting in observing the meetings may join by clicking here.

BOT Special Meeting Agenda
August 3, 2021
8:00-8:30 a.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click here.

Western Colorado University’s Presidential Search Committee, Chaired by Trustee Jim Pribyl, will meet weekly beginning Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 for the duration of the search for Western Colorado University’s next President. The meetings are open to the public pursuant to Section 24-6-402(2)(b), C.R.S. The meetings will occur each Tuesday at 8 a.m., and are estimated to last approximately thirty minutes. The agenda for each of the weekly meetings is to provide a status update regarding the University’s search. Those interesting in observing the meetings may join by clicking here.

Presidential Search Committee Agenda
August 11, 2021
3:00-4:45 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click here.

I. Approval of agenda
II. Human Resources briefing
III. Legal briefing
IV. RFP response and process
Executive search firm & discussion
Selecting a search firm
V. Meeting schedule
VI. President’s report, if any
VII. Adjournment

Subcommittee for RFP Review
PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE
Amended Agenda
August 27, 2021
8:00-8:45 a.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click here.

 

I. Approval of the Agenda
II. Approval of questions for telephone interviews
III. EXECUTIVE SESSION to review reference check results for search firm pursuant to Sections 24-6-402(3)(a)(II), (3)(b)(I), and (3.5) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, for the purpose of discussing matters related to the presidential search at Western Colorado University.
IV. Adjournment

Subcommittee for RFP Review
Presidential Search Committee
Agenda
August 30, 2021
9:00-10:00 a.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click here.

I. Approval of the Agenda
II. EXECUTIVE SESSION to interview search firm pursuant to Sections 24-6-402(3)(a)(II), (3)(b)(I), and (3.5) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, for the purpose of discussing matters related to the presidential search at Western Colorado University.
III. Recess
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click here.
IV. Reconvene
V. EXECUTIVE SESSION to interview search firm pursuant to Sections 24-6-402(3)(a)(II), (3)(b)(I), and (3.5) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, for the purpose of discussing matters related to the presidential search at Western Colorado University.
VI. Adjournment

Subcommittee for RFP Review
PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE
Agenda
August 31, 2021
3:30-4:00 p.m.
Virtual meeting via Zoom. To join, click here.

I. Approval of the Agenda
II. EXECUTIVE SESSION to align recommendation for search firm pursuant to Sections 24-6-402(3)(a)(II), (3)(b)(I), and (3.5) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, for the purpose of discussing matters related to the presidential search at Western Colorado University.
III. Adjournment

Subcommittee for RFP Review
PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE
Agenda
September 2, 2021
8:00-9:00 a.m.
Virtual meeting via Zoom. To join, click here.

I. Approval of the Agenda
II. Continuation of the EXECUTIVE SESSION discussion to align recommendation for search firm pursuant to Sections 24-6-402(3)(a)(II), (3)(b)(I), and (3.5) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, for the purpose of discussing matters related to the presidential search at Western Colorado University.
III. Adjournment

Subcommittee for RFP Review
PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE
Agenda
September 7, 2021
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click here.

I. Approval of the Agenda
II. Approval of the meeting minutes
III. EXECUTIVE SESSION to receive results and recommendation for search firm pursuant to Sections 24-6-402(3)(a)(II), (3)(b)(I), and (3.5) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, for the purpose of discussing matters related to the presidential search at Western Colorado University.
IV. Selection of search firm
V. Other business
VI. Adjournment

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE Agenda
Thursday, October 14, 2021
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click 
here.

I. Approval of the Agenda

II. Approval of the prior meetings’ minutes

  • September 7, 2021
  • September 23, 2021

III. AGB status update; possible further discussion of attributes and qualifications of next president

IV. EXECUTIVE SESSION as may be necessary pursuant to Sections 24-6-402(3)(a)(II) and (III), (3)(b)(I), and (3.5) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, for the purpose of discussing matters related to the presidential search at Western Colorado University

V. Adjournment

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE Agenda
October 28, 2021
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click 
here.

I. Approval of the Agenda

II. Approval of the prior meeting minutes

III. Discussion and approval of WCU Leadership Profile

IV. EXECUTIVE SESSION as may be necessary pursuant to Sections 24-6-402(3)(a)(II) and (III), (3)(b)(I), and (3.5) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, for the purpose of discussing matters related to the presidential search at Western Colorado University.

V. Next steps to search process

VI. Adjournment

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE Agenda
December 16, 2021
8 – 9:30 a.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click 
here.

I. Approval of the Agenda

II. Approval of the prior meeting minutes

III. AGB status update

IV. Review/emphasize confidentiality law and protocols

V. Review draft & finalize the candidate assessment matrix tool for reviewing applications

VI. Develop interview questions for first round interviews & change semi-finalist interviews February 14-18 from in-person to virtual interviews

VII. EXECUTIVE SESSION as may be necessary pursuant to Sections 24-6-402(3)(a)(II) and (III), (3)(b)(I), and (3.5) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, for the purpose of discussing matters related to the presidential search at Western Colorado University.

VIII. Reminder of next meeting schedule on January 20

IX. Adjournment

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE Agenda
January 13, 2022
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click 
here.

I. Approval of the agenda

II. Approval of the prior meeting minutes

III. AGB update on applications and expectation for search committee members to review and assess all applications

IV. Finalize assessment matrix and interview questions for first round interviews

V. EXECUTIVE SESSION as may be necessary pursuant to Sections 24-6-402(3)(a)(II) and (III), (3)(b)(I), and (3.5) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, for the purpose of discussing matters related to the presidential search at Western Colorado University.

VI. Search committee responsibilities for January 20th meeting

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE Agenda
January 20, 2022
8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click 
here.

I. Approval of the agenda

II. Approval of the prior meeting minutes

III. AGB status update

IV. EXECUTIVE SESSION to consider and discuss candidates’ applications pursuant to Sections 24-6-402(3)(a)(II) and (III), (3)(b)(I), and (3.5) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, for the purpose of discussing matters related to the presidential search at Western Colorado University.

V. Decision on candidates to advance to semi-finalist interviews

VI. Adjournment

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE Agenda
February 17, 2022
7:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click here.

I. Approval of the agenda

II. Preparation/review by AGB

III. EXECUTIVE SESSION to interview semi-finalists candidates and discuss pursuant to Sections 24-6-402(3)(a)(II) and (III), (3)(b)(I), and (3.5) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, for the purpose of discussing matters related to the presidential search at Western Colorado University.

IV. Close executive session and adjourn

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE Agenda
February 18, 2022
7:50 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click here.

I. Call to order

II. Preparation/review by AGB

III. EXECUTIVE SESSION to interview semi-finalists candidates and discuss pursuant to Sections 24-6-402(3)(a)(II) and (III), (3)(b)(I), and (3.5) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, for the purpose of discussing matters related to the presidential search at Western Colorado University.

IV. Close executive session and adjourn

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE Agenda
February 19, 2022
7:50 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click here.

I. Call to order

II. Preparation/review by AGB

III. EXECUTIVE SESSION to interview semi-finalists candidates and discuss pursuant to Sections 24-6-402(3)(a)(II) and (III), (3)(b)(I), and (3.5) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, for the purpose of discussing matters related to the presidential search at Western Colorado University.

IV. Decision on candidates to advance to finalist interviews

V. Approval of the January 20th meeting minutes

VI. Adjournment

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE Agenda
February 23, 2022
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click 
here.

I. Approval of the agenda

II. Approval of minutes for January 20, February 17, 18 & 19, 2022

III. EXECUTIVE SESSION to continue discussion of semi-finalists candidates pursuant to Sections 24-6-402(3)(a)(II) and (III), (3)(b)(I), and (3.5) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, for the purpose of discussing matters related to the presidential search at Western Colorado University.

IV. Decision on finalists to advance to on-campus interviews

V. Adjournment

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE
March 8-10, 2022
7:30-8:30a.m.
North Conference Room, University Center

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Breakfast with Brad Baca, Finalist Candidate for President

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Breakfast with Maria Klawe, Finalist Candidate for President

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Breakfast with Michelle Rogers, Finalist Candidate for President

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE Agenda
March 17, 2022
8:00-9:00a.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. To join, click 
here.

I. Approval of the agenda

II. Approval of minutes of January 20, February 17, 18, 19 & 23

III. Review campus forum results

IV. Prepare final report for Board of Trustees

V. EXECUTIVE SESSION if necessary to complete final report pursuant to Sections 24-6-402(3)(a)(II) and (III), (3)(b)(I), and (3.5) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, for the purpose of discussing matters related to the presidential search at Western Colorado University.

VI. Adjournment

October 2021 Stakeholder Meetings

The Presidential Search Committee at Western Colorado University invites you to participate in  stakeholder meetings during the second week of October. These meetings will be hosted by our search firm partner, AGB Search, to garner input from various groups on the skills and attributes the next President should possess. If you’re unable to attend one of these sessions, AGB Search invites you to provide input through a survey.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Time Stakeholder Group Location or Zoom link
3:30-4:15 p.m. Staff University Center North Ballroom
4:15-5 p.m. Students University Center North Ballroom
5:30-6:15 p.m. Community University Center North Ballroom
6:30-7:15 p.m. Faculty Zoom

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Time Stakeholder Group Location or Zoom Link
12:20-1:05 p.m. Faculty University Center North Ballroom
1:10-1:55 p.m. Students University Center North Ballroom
2-2:45 p.m. Staff University Center North Ballroom
3-4 p.m. Trustees Zoom
4:15-5 p.m. Community Zoom
5:30-6:15 p.m. Alumni/Donors Zoom

Thursday, October 21, 2021

6-6:45 p.m. Community Zoom

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