Boulder attorney named to Adams State trustees

(01-23-2008)

Boulder attorney Bruce J. Oreck was recently appointed to a four-year term on the Board of Trustees for Adams State College by Gov. Ritter. Oreck said he was introduced to Adams State by fellow trustee, Dr. Charles Scoggin, and became committed to serving Adams State, despite offers of a position on larger university boards.

"I was very impressed with the campus. It is clear to me that Adams State is a place where a college education really is a serious affair and makes the difference in people's lives. It's the kind of moment that alters the trajectory of people's lives in a fundamental way. Adams State continues to represent that ideal and opportunity."

Oreck is founding partner of the law firm Oreck, Crighton, Adams & Chase. He formerly served as Vice President and General Counsel for The Oreck Corporation. He is very active in environmental issues, having founded The Zero Carbon Initiative, which seeks to implement better residential building practices and to teach both trades-persons and homeowners what is possible in energy efficiency as well as alternative and renewable energy applications. Oreck is a member of the Colorado Climate Action Panel (a project of - the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization ) and formerly served as a member of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter's New Energy transition advisory team.

Adams State President, Dr. David Svaldi, said, "ASC is truly fortunate to have a trustee with Mr. Oreck's background. His commitment to sustainability and the greening of the ASC campus will be very valuable as we plan for future renovations and new building projects."

Oreck said, "There are two ways to view sustainability for a college. One is how the facility itself is operated, so that we're not using hard-earned state funding to pay the utility bill, but can direct more dollars to students and faculty and to furthering the mission of college.

"The other is not only to incorporate it into the curriculum, but to create an environment where the issue of sustainability is not simply a buzzword. When teachers and institutions like a college act with integrity about the crucial issues, that's when students learn the best lessons."

Oreck is a member of the Board of Trustees of Progress Now, which aims to provide a strong, credible voice in advancing progressive solutions to critical community problems.

He is also a founding and current member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Democracy Alliance. An active fund raiser for Senator Ken Salazar and Congressman Mark Udall, Oreck recently joined the National Finance Committee for Senator Barack Obama.

Oreck is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and a member of the University of Arizona Mineral Museum Advisory Board.

Previously, Oreck spent ten years as a white water oarsman rowing wooden dories down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He was a founding member of the Board of Trustees for The Grand Canyon Trust.

Also active in historic preservation, Oreck served for a number of years as the Chairman of the Historic Districts Landmarks Commission in New Orleans. Oreck received his Bachelor of Arts from the Johns Hopkins University, his Juris Doctorate, with honors, from the Louisiana State University School of Law, and obtained his Masters in Law (taxation) from New York University. Oreck is a member of the taxation sections of the Louisiana, Colorado, and American Bar Associations and is an affiliate member of the Institute of Property Taxation. He is a board certified tax attorney as recognized by the Specialization Board (Taxation) of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Oreck is the author of a number of treatises, including "Louisiana Sales & Use Taxation - The Complete State & Local Reference" and "The Taxpayer's Louisiana Audit Manual." Oreck is co-author of the "Taxpayer's Guide to Louisiana Income and Franchise Taxation" and the BNA portfolio "Managing State Tax Audits." Oreck is co-author of "Colorado Sales & Use Taxation -The Complete State & Local Reference."

By Julie Waechter