Breaking news: Hickenlooper appoints Griego to Board of Regents

By Staff
Appointed to Board of Regents by Gov. Hickenlooper

Irene Griego

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday, Nov. 18, appointed Irene C. Griego, Ph.D., to fill the vacancy on the University of Colorado Board of Regents created by the resignation of Monisha Merchant.

Griego is director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the interim community superintendent for Jefferson County Public Schools. She has 38 years of experience as a teacher, school principal, community superintendent and university instructor.

Griego earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder, a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a doctorate from the University of Colorado Denver.

“The University of Colorado community welcomes Irene Griego to the Board of Regents,” said CU President Bruce D. Benson. “As a two-time alumna of CU, she brings important perspective and a strong understanding of the value and contributions of the university. I look forward to working with her as the Board of Regents and CU administration collaborate to guide our great university through challenging times.”

Griego worked as a community superintendent in Jeffco Public Schools from 2000 to 2010. She was responsible for general administration and supervision of schools, instructional and administrative staff in 37 K-12 schools in central Jefferson County. She previously worked as part-time faculty at the University of Colorado Denver (1997-2000) and as program coordinator and part-time faculty for the Teachers for Colorado Program at Metropolitan State College of Denver (1993-1995).

Griego served as a principal at Stein Elementary (1990-2000) and Zerger Elementary (1989) in Jefferson County and at McCollam Elementary School, San Jose, Calif. (1989-1990). She was assistant principal in Denver Public Schools’ Sabin Elementary (1987-1989) and at Goldrick Elementary (1986-1987). Griego also was a classroom teacher in Denver Public Schools (1975-1986).

“The University of Colorado is one of the greatest universities in our country,” Griego said. “I look forward to working with the Board of Regents and Bruce Benson, president of the university, to continue their great work.”

The state Constitution gives the governor authority to fill vacancies on the Board of Regents. Griego will hold office until the next general election (2012) and until a successor is elected.

Merchant was elected to the board in 2008 and began her term in January 2009. She resigned in September to take a post as a staff member for Sen. Michael Bennet.