Guv appoints two new trustees to CMU board

Colorado Mesa University will welcome two new members to its board of trustees this month, pending confirmation by the Colorado Senate.

On Friday, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the appointment of Denver residents Paula Herzmark and Joan D. Ringel to the board. The two will replace Colorado Rockies owner and general partner Charlie Monfort and Grand Junction attorney Joe Skinner as trustees. Ringel and Herzmark’s terms will last through Dec. 31, 2015.

Ringel, an unaffiliated voter, has worked as a lobbyist and writer and served as assistant to the executive director of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education from 2002 to 2004, when the executive director was now-Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster. She currently is focused on fiction writing.

Ringel serves on the Colorado Judicial Performance Commission but said she wanted to serve on a board that reconnected her with public policy. She applied in the fall to join the Colorado Mesa Board of Trustees and learned she would get the appointment in December.

Ringel said her main concerns about higher education involve funding and accessibility.

“I’d like to see higher education be more accessible to a broader group of people,” she said.

Herzmark, a Democrat, has served as the executive director of the Denver Health Foundation since 2004 and worked as chairman of the Denver Health and Hospital Authority’s board of directors for eight years. A call to the health foundation Friday in an attempt to reach Herzmark was not immediately returned.

Herzmark also worked in cable television and served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. She is a commissioner on the Denver Water Board.


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