State Department of Higher Education’s Skaggs to visit community, CSU–Pueblo


David Skaggs, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, will participate in a variety of forums and meetings at Colorado State University-Pueblo during a two-day visit to Pueblo Nov. 26-27.

As part of his visit to Pueblo next week, Skaggs will tour the CSU-Pueblo campus, teach a class, meet with President Joseph Garcia, and hold a forum with faculty and staff on Monday. Garcia and Pueblo Community College President J.D. Garvin will co-host a town hall meeting at 5 p.m. at the El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., during which Skaggs will discuss current higher education funding, the future of higher education, and how it relates to CSU-Pueblo, Pueblo Community College, and the local community.
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter nominated Skaggs to serve as executive director of the Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, where he has served since January of 2007. The Department has coordinating and oversight authority for all Colorado’s public institutions of post-secondary education, licenses and regulates private occupational schools, and manages the state’s student loan program and tax-exempt tuition savings plans. Skaggs served as the Second Congressional District representative for 12 years (1987-99). Before that, he served in the Colorado House from 1981-87, and was chief-of-staff to then-Congressman Timothy Wirth from 1974-77.He is the founder and executive director of the Center for Democracy & Citizenship at the Council for Excellence in Government. A decorated Marine, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in 1964 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1967.

Monday, November 26th

10-10:30 a.m. Meet with President Joseph Garcia, Administration 301

10:30-11 a.m. Campus Tour

11 a.m. Editorial Board Meeting with Pueblo Chieftain

12-1:15 p.m. Rotary Luncheon, La Renaissance

2 p.m. Lecture in History 300 (Histriography) Class, Psychology 223

3 p.m. Open Forum for Faculty, Staff & Students, Blue Spruce Room (OUC 204)

5-6:30 p.m. Town Hall Meeting, El Pueblo History Museum, co-hosted by Garcia and Pueblo Community College President J.D. Garvin

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.