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Board of Trustee Meeting Update

Dear Campus Community,

The Board of Trustees were on campus this past week for their regular November meeting. Several trustees arrived early to participate in the Keller Venture Grants Forum and to hear Speaker Newt Gingrich as part of the Sondermann Presidential Symposium. Both events gave them a sense of the excitement that we’ve enjoyed across campus this fall.

On Thursday, the Board attended a dinner featuring Professor Tim Fuller discussing the importance of the liberal arts, and Professor Fuller shared recollections from his long career. The trustees received copies of the festschrift “Philosophy, Politics and the Conversation of Mankind: Essays in Honor of Tim Fuller” compiled by a number of Tim’s former students who have gone on to academic careers.

The Board also heard an update on the potential of the Fine Arts Center alliance from museum director and chief curator of the Colby College Museum of Art, Sharon Corwin. Sharon was joined by FAC museum director Rebecca Tucker, who moderated a panel of CC faculty and staff who are playing important roles in the integration of the FAC with the college: Professors Eric Perramond and Mario Montano, Kris Stanec, Jessica Hunter-Larsen and Joy Armstrong.

During their Saturday business meeting, the board approved several items:

  • Former charter trustees David van Diest Skilling and Colburn Wilbur as life trustees.
  • Candidates for honorary degrees to be awarded at Commencement. The campus community will be updated as soon as those to be recognized are informed.
  • A proposal for naming residential buildings as part of the East Campus housing project. Again, the campus community will be updated as soon as those to be recognized are informed.

In addition to the business meeting, the Board’s standing committees (Investment, Governance, Budget and Finance, and Buildings, Grounds and Infrastructure) and strategic project teams (Innovation, Campaign Planning, and Fine Arts Center Alliance) met.

The board members enjoyed sharing in the excitement that has been bubbling on campus. Clearly, the renovation of Tutt Library, construction of new student housing, campaign progress, and alliance with the Fine Arts Center make this an historic time at Colorado College.

The next Trustee meeting will be in late February. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best regards,