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 Dianne Van Voorhees, Janet Lopez, Ernest House, Jr., Richard Kaufman, Alan G. Hill, Ellen Roberts, and Steven Short. 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 2019

  • Friday, February 1, 2019*
  • Friday, April 5, 2019*
  • Friday, May 31, 2019*
  • Thursday & Friday, August 1 & 2, 2019 (Retreat)**
  • Friday, October 4, 2019*
  • Friday, December 20, 2019*

*Meetings will be in Durango, Colorado 
**2019 Retreat will be in Denver, Colorado

Meeting dates for 2020

  • Friday, January 24, 2020*
  • Friday, April 3, 2020*
  • Friday, May 29, 2020*
  • Thursday-Friday, August 6-7, 2020 (Retreat)**
  • Friday, October 2, 2020*
  • Friday, December 14, 2020*

*Meetings will be in Durango, Colorado 
**2020 Retreat location TBD



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 meet at a retreat beginning at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2019 and concluding on Friday, August 2, 2019 at approximately 12:00 Noon. The retreat will be held in the Farrar Conference Room on the 6th floor of the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Building, 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203. No action or public comment will be taken.

Please contact Esther Ryser, Executive Assistant to the President at 970-247-7100 or at emryser@fortlewis.edu for further information.