A CU first: Regents to be sworn in at Colorado Springs campus

Jay Dedrick, 303-968-8768, Jay.Dedrick@cu.edu

system logoDENVER – The four members of the University of Colorado Board of Regents chosen by voters in November’s election will be sworn in at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

This historic occasion will be the first time the ceremony has taken place at UCCS. It also marks a rare instance of four regents taking the oath, given that typically only three board seats are on a single election ballot. The last time four regents were elected at once came in 1978.

Judge Gilbert A. Martinez, chief judge of the 4th Judicial District, will administer the oath of office for three sitting members and one newcomer to the nine-member board, which is selected by Colorado voters. Terms are for six years.

“Holding the swearing-in ceremony for the Board of Regents at our Colorado Springs campus is a statement about how important UCCS is to the University of Colorado system and that we recognize the key role the campus plays for all of southern Colorado,” said Board of Regents Chairman Michael Carrigan. “It’s an honor for us to hold this historic event on campus.”

Past ceremonies were held at campus and state venues in Denver and Boulder.

Those being sworn in during the ceremony:

Glen H. Gallegos, 3rd Congressional District. The Grand Junction businessman and educator will be new to the board, having won the seat being vacated by Regent Tilman “Tillie” Bishop.

Irene C. Griego, 7th Congressional District. Regent Griego won her first election to the board; she joined in 2011 after being appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper. She will serve the final two years of the term first won by Monisha Merchant, who resigned. A longtime K-12 educator, Regent Griego earned her bachelor’s degree at CU-Boulder and doctorate at CU Denver.

Kyle H. Hybl, 5th Congressional District. First elected to the board in 2006, Regent Hybl returns for a second term. The senior vice president/general counsel and trustee for El Pomar Foundation, he earned bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder and served as chair of the Board of Regents from 2010-12.

Stephen C. Ludwig, At Large. Regent Ludwig, first elected in 2006, also won re-election. He was the first graduate of UCCS to be elected to the board. A longtime public relations, marketing and journalism professional, he served as vice chair of the Board of Regents from 2010-11.

The event is open to the public.

What: CU Board of Regents Swearing-In Ceremony

When: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

Where: University of Colorado Colorado Springs, El Pomar Plaza (outdoors), northwest of the campus entrance at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Meadow Lane, Colorado Springs.

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