Board of Trustees

Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees

About the Board of Trustees

In June 2002, Colorado Governor Bill Owens signed legislation that approved the creation of a stand-alone Board of Trustees for Fort Lewis College. This nine-member Board of Trustees began governing the College on September 1, 2002.

The Trustees make policy for Fort Lewis College and oversee its operation. The board consists of seven members who serve four-year terms. Each of these individuals is appointed by the Governor and requires Senate confirmation. No more than four shall be from any one political party, and two shall be from Southwest Colorado, which is defined in the bill as Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties.

The Trustees will also include non-voting representatives elected by the student body and the faculty at large.

The current trustees appointed by the Governor include John Wells, Karen WildeSteven Short, Ernest House, Jr., Thomas Schilling, Alan G. Hill, and Nora Jacquez. The board also includes a faculty representative and a student representative.

Prior to being governed by the Trustees, the State Board of Agriculture governed Fort Lewis since it first became an agricultural high school in 1911.

Meeting Dates for 2015

  • Friday, February 13, 2015
  • Friday, April 10, 2015
  • Friday, May 29, 2015
  • Thursday & Friday, August 6 & 7, 2015 (retreat)
  • Friday, October 2, 2015
  • Friday, December 4, 2015

*Meetings will be in Durango, Colorado

Contact Info

Peggy Sharp
Deputy Secretary
Board of Trustees for Fort Lewis College



NOTICE is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of Section 24-6-402, C.R.S., that the Board of Trustees for Fort Lewis College will have a planning retreat beginning at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, August 6, 2015 and concluding at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2015.  The retreat will be held at the Haskell House, 5 Kennebec Court, Durango, Colorado 81301.  No action or public comment will be taken.   

Please contact Peggy Sharp, Deputy Secretary to the Board of Trustees at (970) 247-7437 or at for further information.