David Primus

David Primus

Community Engagement Facilitator


B.A., Western Colorado University, Chemistry, 1981


How did you discover Western?

I came to Gunnison in the late 1970’s as a transfer student, looking for a small school on the Western Slope. I fell in love with both Western and the Gunnison Country.

What are some of the highlights of your career?

After graduating from Western, I was hired by Western’s Information Technology department as a computer programmer and later appointed director of academic computing. After leaving Western for the private sector, I have enjoyed several positions in technology management. I also enjoyed teaching computer science at Western in the early 1990s.
As Vice President/COO of Siriusware, a software development company, I managed company operations including software development, human resources, information technology, sales, and client services. After helping grow Siriusware over 14 years, we sold the company.
I started a consulting firm, BarLazyM, LLC, providing consulting in technology, management, and conducting historic research.
I have lived in Gunnison since graduating, and always remained closely tied with Western, attending various events and presenting historic slide shows. I became excited about the School of Environment and Sustainability and their Master in Environmental Management. I was happy to be hired as the School’s community engagement facilitator during the summer of 2018.

What most excites you about your field?

I am passionate about the environment and sustainability, both locally and globally. It is really exciting to leverage my technology background, helping the School of ENVS succeed, and most importantly, helping our students have a great experience at Western and a successful career.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

The Gunnison Valley has a rich heritage, beginning with ranching and mining. I love researching the valley’s history, creating historic maps, and telling the story of the people who settled here and live in the valley today.