Theobald selected as new CMC board president
Patty Theobald from Summit County will preside over the newly organized Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees. She replaces former board member Glenn Davis, who had served as board president until this year.
The board, meeting in Glenwood Springs on Dec. 13, also swore in newly elected members Peg Portscheller from west Garfield County and Doris Dewton from Eagle County, as well as reelected Pitkin County Trustee, Charles Cunniffe.
Pat Chlouber of Lake County will serve as secretary and Ken Brenner of Routt County as treasurer of the board.
In addition, the board unanimously voted to certify the existing mill levy of 3.997. The six-county college district mill levy has remained the same for several decades.
During a Dec. 12 work session, architects Anderson Mason Dale presented the results of recent planning sessions with CMC employees, students and community members regarding the design of a planned welcome/conference center, field house and other renovations to the existing student center at CMC’s Spring Valley campus near Glenwood Springs.
At the regular meeting, trustees also supported the administration’s ongoing research into whether placing a conservation easement on some of the acreage at the Spring Valley would benefit the college and students.
In addition, the board authorized CMC President Carrie Besnette Hauser to negotiate a contract with eCampus, a company that provides books and instructional materials for a set fee.
The college had previously introduced a pilot instructional materials program at its Steamboat Springs campus, where students were charged a flat fee per credit. Through the eCampus program, books and other instructional materials were delivered to students before the start of the semester.
“The program proved a popular way for students to save hundreds of dollars each semester on textbooks and avoid the several-times-a-year scramble to locate and buy them,” according to a CMC news release.
By expanding the program, students at all 11 of the college’s learning centers and campuses will have access to the program for the 2018-19 academic year.
In other business, CMC trustees:
• Authorized the college to enter into a contract with the consulting firm Ruffalo Noel Levitz, to optimize CMC’s strategic enrollment plan so that the college can better predict the mix of local, in-state and out-of-state students. Consultants will also help CMC target students for specific programs and campuses and develop ways to retain existing students in an effort to stabilize tuition revenues.
• Expressed initial approval of a partnership with Get Outdoors Leadville!, providing space at CMC’s Leadville campus for students and Lake County residents to have access to rental of outdoor gear.