A great choice for CMU

Tilman “Tillie” Bishop will join the board of trustees for Colorado Mesa University, thanks to his appointment by Gov. John Hickenlooper Monday, and it’s hard to conceive of a better choice for the board.

Bishop was a longtime employee of what was then Mesa College. Moreover, as a member of the Colorado Legislature for 28 years, he helped shepherd legislation that transformed a junior college to a four-year institution, then later allowed it to offer advanced degrees and create what is now the Bishop Campus for Western Colorado Community College.

Bishop also spent four years as a University of Colorado regent. Prior to that, he served as a Mesa County commissioner.

Hickenlooper also reappointed two Grand Junction men, Robert Wilson and Dan Robinson, to the CMU Board of Regents, and named Randolph “Ray” Martinez of Fort Collins as a new board member. Wilson and Robinson certainly deserve reappointment, and we expect Martinez will serve well.

But Bishop is an especially important selection to the board of the institution he has helped transform into what it is today.


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