Ritter appoints 3 new Mesa State trustees

Dan Robinson and Jerome Gonzales, both of Grand Junction, and Cecil M. Hernandez of Aspen will become Mesa State College trustees in January.

Gov. Bill Ritter on Monday announced their appointments to the board. The three will replace Glen Gallegos and Norm Franke of Grand Junction and Celeste Colgan of Denver.

The nine voting members of the board serve four-year terms. A student trustee and faculty trustee do not have voting authority in trustee decisions.

Robinson, a former District 51 School Board member, said becoming a college trustee was a “natural continuation” of his work for education. Robinson said he plans research on topics from previous board meetings so that he can get an idea of what the board has “struggled with.” He says he wants to make sure tuition is affordable and help make budget decisions in a tough time for college financing.

“We have to be creative, we have to be flexible, we have to explore different ideas” for balancing the school’s budget, Robinson said.

Gonzales, who founded JG Management Systems Inc. in Grand Junction and serves as its president and CEO, helped Mesa State arrange with the University of Colorado to offer a mechanical engineering bachelor’s program.

“The idea is to bring in even more top-notch programs,” he said, adding it’s “way too early” to discuss any specific goals he has as trustee.

Hernandez could not be reached for comment Monday.


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