The University of Colorado Board of Regents has elected Latinos as chair and vice chair of the nine-member governing board, marking the first time in the university’s 140-year history both positions have been held by Latinos.
Democrat Irene Griego of Lakewood and Republican Glen Gallegos of Grand Junction were elected chair and vice chair, respectively.
Griego is the first person of Latin descent to hold the position. The chair of the board sets meeting agendas, assigns regents to board committees and serves as spokesperson for the board. The vice chair assumes the chair’s duties when she is absent.
The Board of Regents is responsible for the overall operations and budget of the university, in addition to selecting and evaluating the president.
“Diversity is an important value and guiding principle at the university, so I’m pleased that our governing board reflects what we are striving for our campuses to reflect – our state, our nation and the world,” Griego said. “I’m honored to be elected by my colleagues to chair the board and humbled to be the first Latina in the position.”
Members of the CU Board of Regents are elected by the people of Colorado, making it only one of four states in America that elects university governing boards.
Regents are elected from each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts, with two members elected statewide. The governor appoints members of all other Colorado higher education governing boards.
Gallegos’ election as vice chair also brings geographic diversity to the board. He serves the sprawling Third Congressional district, which encompasses large sections of western and southern Colorado. Griego represents the Seventh Congressional District.
Most of the regents come from the Front Range, where the bulk of Colorado’s population lives.
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