Professional Associates of Fort Lewis College

Founded in 1999 at the behest of then college President Kendall Blanchard, the Professional Associates of Fort Lewis College (PA) was created to bring real world experience to the curriculum and the classroom and to serve as an advisory resource for the President on matters vital to the college.

The Mission of Fort Lewis College is to offer "accessible, high quality, baccalaureate liberal arts education to a diverse student population, preparing citizens for the common good in an increasingly complex world."  The common thread that unites PA members is a shared desire to support the Mission of FLC and its role as a multifaceted learning resource for both students and the people of the Four Corners region.

As PA begins its second decade, the organization continues to provide external resources for FLC personnel and students, and to help build awareness of the college and the importance of liberal arts as a foundation for life and careers. The audiences PA serves are three-fold: faculty and staff, students and the community.

Who are we?

Today Professional Associates has grown to about 50 members and includes retired and practicing professionals across a broad range of disciplines—from education and the law to business and management, engineering, government, community service, economics and finance, and the arts and sciences.

For a list of members, click here.  For a list of areas of expertise and experience represented by PA members, click here.

How can we be contacted?

To receive general information about Professional Associates, please call the Fort Lewis College Office of Public Affairs at 970-247-7401, and ask for Professional Associates information. To contact individual members, click here

Interested in joining Professional Associates?

Professional Associates welcomes applications for membership from persons who have a desire to work to advance the educational environment of Fort Lewis College and to advance the purpose of Professional Associates.  They should have a willingness to share their expertise with the students and faculty of Fort Lewis College and with the community, without emphasizing a personal agenda.  For more information about membership requirements and expectations, please contact Chuck or Cheryl Carson (970-259-2699) or Tom Jones (970-375-7673).

Sponsorship and Organization

Professional Associates operates under the direction and sponsorship of the Office of the President of Fort Lewis College.

The activities of Professional Associates are coordinated and facilitated by an Executive Committee, whose members are the President, Secretary, Treasurer, immediate Past President, three At-large Members, and the Chair of the Membership Committee.  Each of the three At-large Members serve as a coordinator for one of three activity areas:  Student Programs and Activities, Faculty/Staff Liaison and Activities, and Community Programs and Activities.

Current members of the Executive Committee are:

Chuck and Cheryl Carson, Co-Presidents Bob Yearout, At-large Member, Student Programs & Activities
Mary Sue Burnham, Secretary Robert Blair, At-large Member, Faculty/Staff Liaison & Activities
Gary Rottman, Treasurer Gary Treat, At-large Member, Community Programs & Activities
Rory Mullett, Immediate Past President Tom Jones, Membership Committee Chair