IHE Boards & Trustees

Higher Education Governing Boards Training

Tuesday, January 26
9am - 1pm via video conference

The Colorado Department of Higher Education holds a convening of higher ed boards and trustees annually as required by statute. The convening this year will be conducted via video conference to comply with COVID-19 social distancing rules. 

To avoid a full day of video conferencing, the live meeting will be 3 1/2 hours - from 9am - 12:30pm. Because of this, we are creating a few video modules that can be accessed at will to provide expanded “training” and avoid the zoom fatigue that comes with extended live video conferencing. 

The module topics for new trustees are listed below with links for viewing:

To help you prepare for an effective meeting, here are some brief pre-meeting resources: 

You must register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


9:00am            Welcome & Introductions
                       Dr. Angie Paccione, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education
                       Vanecia Kerr, Chair, Colorado Commission on Higher Education

9:10am            Moving to Commitment & Action
Michele Lueck, President & CEO, Colorado Health Institute, Chair of Adams State Board of Trustees 
                       Landon Mascareñaz, Colorado Education Initiative, State Board for Community Colleges & Occupational Education

9:30am             Colorado Governor Jared Polis

9:40am            Panel Discussion - The Existential Crisis Facing Higher Ed and the Role of the State, IHEs, and Trustees
                        ~ What are the challenges facing higher education - existential and pragmatic?
                        ~ As Higher Education faces these challenges, what is the rold of the State, Individual IHEs and - most importantly for today - what is the rold of the Trustee?
                        Moderator - Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed
                        Panelists -   Ryan Craig, Co-Founder & Managing Director, University Ventures 
                                          Michelle Weise, Senior Advisor & Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Imaginable Futures

10:20am          Breakout Sessions to discuss Panel Presentation  

10:40am          Break

10:50am          Introduction to Equity Session
Dr. Angie Paccione, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education

11:00am           Educational Equity and the Role of the Trustee
                        Moderator - Janet Lopez, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Fort Lewis College Trustee
                        Panelists -   Dr. Wil Del Pilar, Education Trust
                                           Shelley Banker, Senior Advisor to the Office of Educational Equity, CDHE
                                           David Olguin,CCHE Student Advisor, Public Affairs & Ethnic Studies Scholar, Co-Chair & Student Liaison to CDHE Equity Champion Coalition 
                                           Dr. Ryan Ross, Associate Vice Chancellor - Student Affairs & Inclusion for CCCS and Co-Chair to CDHE Equity Champions Coalition

11:50am           Transition Remarks
Dr. Angie Paccione, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education
                        Elaine Gantz Berman, Mental Health Colorado

12:00pm           Legislative Session Preview | Higher Education
                        Moderator Mike Johnston, Metropolitan State University Denver Trustee, President & CEO, Gary Community Investments
                        Panelists - Jennifer Thomsen, Director of Policy, Education Commission of the States 
                                         Senator Lundeen 
                                         Senator Zenzinger 
                                         Representative Larson
                                         Representative Mary Young 

1:00pm           Program Concludes