CU names Tony Salazar Vice President for Outreach and Engagement
DENVER – University of Colorado President Todd Saliman has named Tony Salazar as vice president for outreach and engagement, leading a key statewide effort for the four-campus system.
Saliman elevated Salazar, who has served as assistant vice president for engagement at CU since 2019, because of his success in advancing one of CU’s top priorities.
“Tony has done a great job connecting CU to people around our state and has built relationships and networks that allow Coloradans to tell us what people and communities need from the university,” Saliman said. “Outreach and engagement are a priority for the CU Board of Regents and for me, and Tony’s work has positioned us well to take important next steps to enhance our efforts.”
Salazar established a series of outreach tours around Colorado that connect CU faculty and leadership with citizens, educators, elected officials and business and community leaders. The tours have included communities including Pueblo, Fort Morgan, Grand Junction, Ignacio and the San Luis Valley, among others.
Additionally, Salazar serves as point person for CU’s engagement with metro-area business, nonprofit and community organizations, including the South Metro Chamber of Commerce (whose board he chairs), the Latino Leadership Institute, the Colorado Business Roundtable, the Latin American Education Foundation (whose board he chaired for three years) and the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation, among others.
“Tony has the ability not only to listen and follow through on constituent needs and concerns, but also to advocate for CU as a place that is accessible, inclusive and affordable for those from underserved communities,” said Simone Ross, president of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
Salazar, who was born and raised in Colorado, has held a number of leadership positions in education and public policy in the state and in the Washington, D.C., area.
“I’m honored to be able continue to work with CU leadership and people around the state to ensure that the university continues to meet its mission to serve Colorado students and be a resource to communities and organizations,” Salazar said.
Work done by the university’s Board of Regents and Salazar on behalf of CU was recently recognized when southern Colorado advocacy and public policy group Action 22 awarded the university its Dentros Award in part for its engagement in southern Colorado and its partnership with several organizations through the southeastern part of the state.
“Pueblo County government has worked extensively with Tony Salazar and his team over the past several years to expand access to educational opportunities for Pueblo students in the CU system,” said Pueblo County Commissioner Garrison Ortiz. “Tony’s unwavering commitment and outreach to southern Colorado has benefited Pueblo County immensely.”
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