CMU hires development director
When the application process for a new director of development failed to summon a wealth of qualified candidates, Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster knew just who to call.
That person was his former colleague across the aisle in the state Legislature, Peggy Lamm. Lamm served on the Colorado Commission of Higher Education and the Adams State College Board of Trustees and has a career history in fundraising, marketing and public policy.
Foster said even though he served as a Republican and Lamm served as a Democrat in the Legislature, he didn’t hesitate to ask her to apply for the job because he was impressed with her past work.
“Higher education is not a partisan thing,” Foster said.
“I think people draw conclusions where there are none. We hired two prominent Republicans and probably 300 other people who God knows what they are,” Foster said, referring to employees’ political affiliations. “There’s no way we could make the progress we’ve made if we were partisan hiring.”
Lamm was taking some time off after returning from a year-and-a-half stint working for the National Democratic Institute in Moscow when Foster called. She had just settled into a new apartment in Broomfield after moving out of her longtime home in Superior. She wasn’t sure at the time where she would work next. But she said she fell in love with the size and beauty of Grand Junction and felt a “pulse of growth and positive energy” when she came to campus for a job interview.
Lamm was selected from a pool of four interviewees and started her new job Wednesday.
“Sometimes life grabs you by the jugular,” Lamm said. “I’m good at this if I believe in something, and I believe in this place.”
Lamm’s main duties as director of development will involve fundraising. She said she wants to expand fundraising efforts to try to include more people, especially community members.
“It’s an important place to the community,” Lamm said of CMU.
Lamm, whose former brother-in-law, Dick Lamm, served three terms as Colorado’s governor, said she is excited about the new post and is no longer interested in politics. Her last run for office was a congressional bid in 2006, which she lost to U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter.
“I’m cured,” she said of her political aspirations.