March 3, 2023

CU names Reece as its Regional Program Manager for Western Slope

Christian Reece

Christian Reece

The University of Colorado has named Christian Reece as regional program manager for CU on the Western Slope to solidify its commitment to partnerships, programs and people in the region.

“Outreach and engagement are priorities for the Board of Regents and for me, so I am thrilled Christian will be on ongoing staff presence in communities and representing the University of Colorado,” said CU President Todd Saliman. “She has deep ties and important connections regionally, which will help CU advance its mission to serve the state.”

Reece, who lives in Grand Junction, has led Club 20 for the past eight years. It is a non-partisan political advocacy group representing 22 counties in western Colorado. Before that, she served as a field representative for U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and worked for Habitat for Humanity Mesa County. Her volunteer activities include serving on the Board of Directors for St. Mary’s Hospital, the board of the City of Grand Junction Planning Commission, and serving as administrator/organizer for Colorado Cooperation, a group of civic and business leaders from around Colorado. She begins her duties at CU on March 14.

“CU has substantial ties on the Western Slope, including the CU Boulder Engineering partnerships with Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado University, and we can build on those and other initiatives to ensure that the university continues to meet its mission of serving all of Colorado,” she said. “CU has a lot to offer, just as communities across Western Colorado have a lot to offer the university.”

CU is increasing its outreach and engagement around Colorado. Reece will cover a region that encompasses 14 counties in western Colorado, ranging from Moffat County in the northwest, to Montrose and Gunnison Counties in the southern part of his region, to Summit and Grand Counties in the east.

Reece’s position will help grow relationships CU built in communities during outreach and engagement tours the president and some regents have made statewide over the past two years, said Tony Salazar, CU vice president for outreach and engagement.

“We’ve seen through our outreach tours that while people around Colorado have a deep well of good feeling about CU, they are also looking to learn more about the educational opportunities on our four campuses and for ways we can help them address community issues,” Salazar said.

Reece earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Colorado Mesa University and a master’s in business administration from the Harbart College of Business at Auburn University. Additionally, she was a Trans-Atlantic Fellow in the prestigious German Marshall Memorial Fellow program and was a fellow in the Colorado Governor’s Fellowship.

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