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Fifth Colorado College Graduate Tapped By Obama Administration

President Barack Obama has nominated Harris Sherman, a 1964 graduate of Colorado College, as agriculture undersecretary for natural resources and environment. The position, which requires Senate confirmation, oversees the Forest Service and conservation projects at the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Sherman now becomes the fifth Colorado College graduate to be offered a position with the Obama administration. He currently serves as executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, where he oversees Colorado's energy, water, wildlife, parks, and state lands programs.
Other Colorado College graduates tapped by the president include:
- Former Colorado Senator Ken Salazar '77, secretary of the interior
- Jane Lubchenco '69, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Lori Garver '83, a political science and economics major, deputy administrator of NASA
- Marcia McNutt '74, director of the U.S. Geological Survey (who cited the Block Plan in her confirmation hearing:
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, parent of an '03 CC graduate, praised Sherman for his dedication to conserving and improving the environment in Colorado and beyond.
Additional Colorado College-Obama administration connections include David Axelrod, senior advisor to Obama, married to Susan Axelrod '74 and an '09 parent, and Christine Varney, U.S. Department of Justice assistant attorney general and an '09 parent.

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