Patty Theobald: CMC leadership solid
As the 50th anniversary of Colorado Mountain College approaches, the school has never been on firmer footing.
As the first new trustee to be elected in more than three years, I have joined a board of seven trustees. Five have worked together with two presidents and one interim president.
Wisely, the board, three years ago, commissioned a new strategic plan. Shortly thereafter, following an extensive professional search, the trustees approved hiring Dr. Carrie Hauser as president of CMC.
As a member of the CMC Foundation for five years, I have been able to actively follow the transition of CMC through regular reports to the Foundation Board from all three presidents. I have attended every public CMC trustee meeting since May 2015.
After five years of working closely with CMC, I feel well qualified to state that Colorado Mountain College has been very well led by our current president; the college has been moved from a state of uncertainty, to profound stability. Today, the college is positioned to adapt efficiently and effectively with changing economic conditions.
Along with the success that CMC is experiencing, comes increased responsibility for CMC’s governing board. Change often is wrongly viewed as disruption. The trustees must be willing to hold themselves accountable. The board must commit to move forward in a timely and competent way in order to grow and to change with new populations and needs of our communities in an uncertain economy.
Throughout my term as a CMC trustee, I intend to support our strategic plan, our president and the trustees who share my commitment to assure CMC’s excellence, relevance and financial stability far into the future.
Colorado Mountain College trustee
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