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 are listed below with links for viewing. Also listed below are pre-meeting resources and reading materials. 

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 role of the State, Individual IHEs, and – most importantly for today – what is the role 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 and 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

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

1:00pm           Program Concludes