Western President Gregory B. Salsbury, Ph.D and Senior Cabinet

Western Colorado University President Gregory B. Salsbury, Ph.D., is advised by a Senior Cabinet that is comprised of Vice Presidents from across campus.

Portrait of Dr. Greg Salsbury

Greg Salsbury

President

Dr. Greg Salsbury was appointed by the Western Colorado University Board of Trustees as the fourteenth President of the University in April 2014. Since his arrival at the helm of this small, liberal-arts-focused university, he increased overall enrollment at a rate faster than any other four-year institution in the state. In 2018, he secured the […]

Abel Chávez

Abel Chávez

Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success

View Professor Chavez’s Curriculum Vitae. Dr. Abel A. Chávez, MBA is the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success. Dr. Chávez came to Western in 2014 from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. Though today he serves Western in critical administrative positions, he has an extensive academic and research background in community-based […]

Brad Baca

Brad Baca

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Brad Baca became the Interim President of Western Colorado University in July 2013. He joined Western in 2002 as vice president for Finance and Administration. In 2012, he was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer. Baca holds a B.A. degree in Government from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. He also earned an M.A. […]

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 […]