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Western President Brad Baca, Senior Cabinet

Western Colorado University President Brad Baca is advised by a Senior Cabinet that is comprised of Vice Presidents from across campus.

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 […]

Julie Baca

Julie Baca

Vice President of Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer

Julie Baca graduated from Western in 1994 with a degree in Political Science with a Law Emphasis before continuing her education at Southern Illinois University where she received a Master’s in Public Administration. She provided community leadership in city management for over 13 years before returning to Gunnison, where she joined Western’s team in 2010. […]

Mike LaPlante

Mike LaPlante

Vice President of Advancement

Mike LaPlante was introduced as Western Colorado University’s Vice President of Advancement in April 2019. LaPlante has spent the past 25 years in growing leadership roles within higher education development. For 15 years prior to joining Western, LaPlante served Colorado State University in various capacities. Initially he led the Athletic Development team, where he grew […]

William L. Niemi

William L. Niemi

Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor of Politics & Government

William L. Niemi’s scholarship is primarily in the area of political theory and is focused on questions about democratic theory and democracy’s historical development. Where does democracy come from and why did it come about? How is it justified? What are the most important citizen and institutional practices for a successful democracy and why? What […]

Leslie Taylor

Leslie Taylor

Interim Vice President, Marketing & Enrollment

Leslie Taylor joined Western Colorado University in March 2022 as interim Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment. From April 2018 to December 2021, Taylor served as Vice President for Enrollment and Access at Colorado State University, providing leadership to the Access Center and the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Registrar. Prior to the […]

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