Governor John Hickenlooper last week selected Christine Scanlan of Dillon to serve a four-year term on the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Board of Trustees in Greeley.
The governor appoints seven members of the UNC Board of Trustees, while the remaining two members consist of a faculty member and student elected by their peers. Scanlan will replace trustee Dee St. Cyr, whose four-year term expires at the end of this year.
“It’s definitely something new,” Scanlan said. “I’ve worked in higher education, but I’ve never served on a board before.”
Scanlan will continue to serve as the president and CEO of the Keystone Center, a nonprofit focused on collaborative, sustainable solutions to issues such as education and health. Her main responsibilities include the overall management and the center’s policy work.
“At the Keystone Center we work to find innovative solutions to tough problems,” she said. “We bring people together, different opinions and ideas, to find the best course of action. And I think that’s what the university is engaged in right now.”
Formally a Colorado representative for House District 56 elected in 2008, Scanlan represented Eagle, Lake and Summit counties. In 2010, she was elected to a full term in the Colorado House, but resigned to serve governor’s director of Legislative Affairs and Strategic Initiatives. She left that position this June. Scanlan has earned a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University.
“I’d worked the last few years in education policy down at the capitol,” she said. “I’m looking forward to working with a new group.”
In her time serving the governor, she was also the Senior Education Policy Advisor and worked on designing Colorado’s READ Act, aimed at improving third-grade literacy. Scanlan said she is excited to branch out and work with the team at UNC.
“They’ve really undertaken an exercise in innovation,” she said. “They’re looking at how to better serve the needs of graduating seniors coming in, and positing college graduates for growth and a 21st Century global economy.”
Scanlan has also served as president of the Summit School District Board of Education and president of the Mountain Board of Cooperative Educational Services. Current board chairman Dick Monfort of Greeley also was reappointed to a four-year term, beginning Dec. 31.
“It’s very exciting,” Scanlan said. “I’m honored to have the opportunity. It will be great to be a part of it all instead of always floating on the surface level.”
“It’s very exciting. I’m honored to have the opportunity. It will be great to be a part of it all instead of always floating on the surface level.”