Ritter fills Mesa State board opening, reappoints Elliott

Gov. Bill Ritter appointed the new president of Rocky Mountain PBS, Doug Price,  and reappointed Lena Elliott to Mesa State College’s board of trustees.

Price was president of FirstBank of Colorado for 22 years and became president of Rocky Mountain PBS in January. He will replace Thomas Kaesemeyer of the Gates Foundation on the Mesa State board.

Kaesemeyer did not apply for reappointment. He attended most of the board meetings in 2008 via teleconference or was excused from meetings.

Kaesemeyer is a Denver resident. Price is from the Front Range.

The state statute that created the board of trustees also mandates the composition of the board’s members by place of residence.

While at FirstBank, Price created an endowment that awarded $380,000 in scholarships. He also founded Qualistar Early Learning and Educare Colorado, two nonprofit organizations that are trying to improve early learning and child care in the state.

Rocky Mountain PBS, which has a service area that includes Grand Junction, Steamboat Springs and Durango, has been grappling with the digital-television transition, which has been delayed until June.

Elliott has served on Mesa State’s board since 2004.


She also has served on the Commission on Judicial Discipline and has chaired the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce board and the city Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Elliott also has organized fundraisers to benefit School District 51 and Mesa State College.
Mesa State trustees serve four-year terms.

The board is the governing body of the college.

“We are pleased to welcome Doug Price to the board and know he will bring valuable insight to the decisions that the board makes,” college President Tim Foster said. “And of course, we couldn’t be happier to have Lena stay with us.”


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