CMU adds two trustees



Grand Junction resident Betty Bechtel and Doug Quimby of Colorado Springs are set to become the two newest members of the Colorado Mesa University board of trustees.

On July 3, Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Bechtel to a trustee term expiring Dec. 31, 2015, and appointed Quimby to a term expiring Dec. 31, 2016. Each appointment has to be approved by the Colorado Senate.

Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1324 on May 21, which allowed the university to increase the number of voting trustees from nine to 11. The board also has two non-voting members: a student trustee and a faculty trustee.

Bechtel retired from local law firm Bechtel & Santo, LLP, last year but remains in a counsel position with the firm. She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and attended Northwestern Law School at Lewis and Clark College. As a member of the Grand Junction Forum, Bechtel helped develop the 500 Plan, an initiative aimed at bringing local business professionals into local classrooms to tutor elementary school students in reading. She also serves on the Glade Park Community School board of directors.

Quimby, a former Grand Junction resident, attended Harvard University for his undergraduate studies and graduated from Stanford University Law School. He is president of real estate development agency La Plata Communities, Inc. and serves as chairman of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corp.

Quimby told The Daily Sentinel’s editorial board Thursday his role with the Colorado Springs chamber has showed him how important a university’s role can be in a city’s economy. Quimby said he believes Colorado Mesa is a prime example of a university supporting a local economy with majors that meet job needs and he hopes the university will talk up that support.

Bechtel said her goals for the university are to continue to grow enrollment and serve a greater variety of students.


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