Colorado State University – Pueblo President Joseph Garcia believes in seeking input, particularly when it comes to decisions about how the University can best contribute to the economic and cultural vitality of the region. Garcia recently announced the addition of two new voices to his President’s Advisory Council -- community leaders Mike Salardino, vice president of wealth management and a certified financial planner for Smith Barney, and Jack Quinn, recently retired from the Housing Authority.
Quinn and Salardino join Tom Farley, Dennis Flores, Bob Jackson, Pat Kelly, Joyce Lawrence and Bob Rawlings as members of a group that meets three or four times a year to provide an informal sounding board for the development of ideas and proposals to be carried to the University’s governing board, the CSU System Board of Governors. The advisory board also helps share the message of the University with the community in order to enhance the University’s image and success within the region.
Salardino’s involvement in the community is broad based, serving on the boards of the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Parkview Foundation, Sons of Italy, as well as the boards of Broadway Theatre League and Junior Achievement. He is a member of Rotary 43 as well as the CSU-Pueblo Hasan School of Business Advisory Council.
Quinn recently retired last year after leaving a 35-year legacy as director of the Pueblo Housing Authority. Like Salardino, he boasts decades of service to a variety of local agencies, including the founding of the Pueblo Boys and Girls Club and significant work with the Pueblo Sister Cities Commission and the United Way. He also has served on the boards of First National Bank, both chambers of commerce, the Packard Foundation, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, Neighborhood Housing Services, Pueblo Fair Housing Commission, Pueblo Community College Foundation, and the Colorado Housing Finance Authority.
“These two individuals have deep roots in and a thorough knowledge of southern Colorado and have shown a commitment to this community through their extensive service. I feel honored that they have chosen to share their time and expertise with the University,” said Garcia. “They will bring the kind of energy and ideas we need in order to help the University grow and thrive.”
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