"We're tackling some of the biggest challenges facing
"As we rebuild our economy and position
Speaking to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and many of the state's college presidents, Gov. Ritter introduced Jim Lyons and Dick Monfort as the co-chairs of a steering committee that will lead the strategic planning effort. The committee will develop and recommend a master plan for a higher education system that today serves 220,000 students.
Monfort spent 20 years in the cattle business, is a vice chairman of the Colorado Rockies and sits on the University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees.
College and business leaders around
"A strong higher education system is invaluable to the business community," said Kelly Brough, CEO and president of the
"Dick Monfort and Jim Lyons are outstanding people who I have had the pleasure to work with for many years," said University of Colorado President Bruce D. Benson. "They have a deep commitment to higher education and our state and will do a great job leading the study. It's important that it take a thorough look at all our colleges and universities to ensure we can provide high-quality, accessible and affordable education for all Coloradans. To achieve that, we have to be realistic and deliberate in how we direct our current low funding levels. We also need to look for new revenue streams to sustain our colleges and universities."
"I am very enthused and grateful that Jim Lyons and Dick Monfort have stepped forward in this leadership capacity," said Joe Blake, chancellor of
"My hope is that this process will lead to some visionary ideas about how we can secure the future of higher education in
"We're very pleased that this initiative is moving forward, and look forward to participating in a process that will benefit all