The University of Colorado Board of Regents has named the Presidential Search Advisory Committee that will assist in the process of selecting the institution’s next president. The search committee is chaired by Regents Heidi Ganahl and Irene Griego. The membership of the committee is outlined in Regent Policy 3 (E). Members are:


Heidi Ganahl, Co-Chair, Regent At Large. Heidi faced extraordinary adversity in her life and responded by turning her lifelong passion for dogs into Camp Bow Wow, a $100 million brand, which she sold recently. Ganahl serves on various boards focused on entrepreneurship and education. She also leads her own nonprofit, the Fight Back Foundation, to positively tackle the most pressing issues facing today’s youth. Heidi earned her bachelor’s degree from CU Boulder and her master’s degree from the University of Denver.

Irene Griego, Co-Chair, Regent, 7th Congressional District. Irene has served Colorado with a 38- year career in public education working as classroom teacher, elementary school principal, community superintendent and instructor for aspiring school administrators. In retirement, Jefferson County K-12 schools has asked Griego to return to leadership roles. She is serving as interim principal at Drake Middle School. Irene earned a bachelor’s degree from CU Boulder and her Ph.D. from CU Denver.

Faculty representatives:

Joanne Addison, Ph.D., is a professor of English at CU Denver and literacy researcher whose work focuses on digital learning, critical media literacy and digital ethics. She is chair of the system-wide Faculty Council.

Christopher Bell, Ph.D., is an associate professor of media studies in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He specializes in the study of popular culture, focusing on ways in which race, class and gender intersect in different forms of children's media.

Laura Borgelt, PharmD, is the associate dean for administration and operations at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and a professor in the departments of Clinical Pharmacy and Family Medicine. She researches women’s health and patient safety and has extensive experience serving on local and national teams regarding leadership, education and health.

Tom Cech, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Director of the BioFrontiers Institute at CU Boulder. He has been elected to the National Academy of Science and the National Academy of Medicine, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1989.

Dean representative:

Bobby Braun, Ph.D. is dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Boulder and also serves as and the Smead Chair of Space Technology. Before joining CU in 2016, Braun was a member of the Georgia Tech faculty and a researcher and senior executive at NASA.

Staff representative:

Corey Edwards is the director of Student Success for the Office of Digital Education at the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus. He oversees the recruitment and engagement of online students, with initiatives focused on driving enrollment growth, improving retention and completion rates, and impacting career outcomes for students in a variety of fully online undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs across both campuses.

CU Foundation representative:

Margaret Bathgate will complete her term as chair of the University of Colorado Foundation Board of Directors in mid-November. She has been involved with the board since 2006. Bathgate chaired the search committee for the CU Foundation CEO in 2011. She also serves on the advisory board for the Center for Women’s Health Research at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from CU Boulder in 1976.

Student representatives:

Sierra Brown is an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs pursuing dual degrees in English literature and Japanese. She is chair of the Inter Campus Student Forum, the student government organization across CU’s four campuses. She also is student body president on the Colorado Springs campus.

Alex Holmgren is a second-year MBA student focusing on Finance and Management at Leeds School of Business. Alex is a CU alumna who earned her BA in International Affairs and French (’09) from CU Boulder. Alex earned an MA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, during which she studied at Sciences Po Paris and was an intern at the U.S. Embassy to France.

Alumni representatives:

Brian Davidson, M.D., is the president of SCL Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction and regional market executive for the Western Colorado/Eastern Utah region of SCL Health. He is a graduate of the CU School of Medicine, completed residency and fellowship training at CU, and received an MBA from the CU Denver Business School. He served as a faculty member in the CU School of Medicine and vice chair of anesthesiology before moving to Grand Junction. Dr. Davidson retains an appointment as clinical associate professor in the School of Medicine.

Frank McNulty is the founder of Square State Strategy Group, a corporate and campaign services firm. He represented Highlands Ranch in the Colorado House of Representatives from 2007-15 and served as Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives for the 68th General Assembly. He earned his undergraduate degree from CU Boulder and his law degree from the University of Denver.

Community representatives:

Cy Harvey is president and chief operating officer of The Anschutz Corporation. He serves on the Board of Directors at the National Mental Health Innovations Center at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, and is chair of the Advisory Board of UCHealth Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR).

Ben Ochoa is a partner with the law firm of Lewis Roca Rothergerber Christie LLP. His 30-year practice focuses on construction law and litigation, and real estate and commercial litigation. He earned his bachelor’s degree and his J.D. from CU Boulder.

Pam Shockley-Zalabak is the president of CommuniCon Inc., an organizational leadership development corporation. She is a chancellor and professor emerita of CU Colorado Springs and the author of nine books and more than 100 other publications and productions.

Jake Zambrano is the senior project manager for EIS Solution and has specialized in state government relations, public affairs, grassroots advocacy and political campaign management for over 20 years. He is a graduate of CU Boulder and CU Denver.