Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Brian Boatright last week swore in four members of the University of Colorado Board of Regents who were elected in November.
Four is an unusual number to join the nine-member board. Typically, the most seats that will turn over in any election cycle is three. In the most recent cycle, however, board Vice Chair Ken Montera had to run for the 5th Congressional District seat Gov. Jared Polis appointed him to in late 2021, after Regent Chance Hill resigned to move out of state.
Polis attended the Jan. 5 ceremony, held at CU Denver’s Student Commons Building.
Montera, R-Colorado Springs, was joined by three new board members: District 1’s Wanda James, D-Denver; District 4’s Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch; and Mark VanDriel, R-Greeley, from the newly created District 8.
Board Chair Lesley Smith urged the new regents to continually ask themselves “what’s best for the university” as they carry out their duties.
Regents are elected to six-year terms, which are staggered. Eight of the nine seats are assigned to Colorado’s congressional districts; the final at-large seat is elected by voters statewide.
The new board convenes for the first time at its winter retreat, today and Friday in Colorado Springs.