Three appointed to ASC Trustees
Governor Bill Ritter recently reappointed Alamosa resident and Adams State alumnus Tim Walters to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees for Adams State College. Alumna Liane "Buffie" McFadyen of Pueblo West was also named to a three-year term on the board. The college faculty elected Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy to represent them as a faculty trustee for the coming year.
"I look forward to working with these three outstanding individuals," said Adams State President David Svaldi. "Chair Walters' contributions and commitment to the college are well known, and I have greatly appreciated his support for me and his passion for the college over the last few years. Dr. Guerrero-Murphy will make a tremendous contribution to the board because of her strong academic background, commitment to shared governance, and concern for equity for all ASC employees.
"Ms. McFadyen is an ASC legend, and her contributions as an All-American student-athlete and champion have helped pave the way for the students and athletes who have followed her. Her continued support for ASC while serving as a state representative was crucial to the college's continued growth and success. I first worked with her when I was a faculty AS&F representative in the late 1980s, and I am excited to get to work with her again."
Now entering his fourteenth year as an Adams State trustee, Walters was recently reelected board chair, a post he has held the last five years.
"I am very pleased with the unprecedented growth the college has experienced the last six years," he said. Walters graduated from Adams State in 1973, and he is president Walters & Mullins Associates, and Alamosa real estate appraisal firm.
A resident of Pueblo West, McFadyen was a Colorado state representative for House District 47 from 2003-2010. Her service included chairing both the Capital Development Committee and the Transportation and Energy Committee.
She is now executive director of Corrections USA, a national non-profit that advocates zero tolerance for for-profit incarceration. She earned a BA in psychology and an MA in secondary counseling from Adams State in 1991 and 1993, respectively. A fiercely loyal alumna, McFadyen says she "bleeds green." While a student, she was a six-time All-American indoor and outdoor track athlete and was elected Homecoming Queen.
"Adams State College works feverishly to ensure students can afford a higher education. Countless first-generation students find success at ASC," McFadyen said. "In budget years like 2011 and future years, I believe I can offer the board insight and knowledge navigating the legislative process and the public policy process. I also have fundraising experience that may complement the board, as well."
Guerrero Murphy is a professor of English who joined the Adams State faculty in 1995. She chaired the Department of English, Communications and Theatre for nine years.
"I greatly appreciate the support of the faculty from all the disciplines in allowing me to serve as their faculty trustee," Guerrero-Murphy said. "As a newly retired chair, back to full time teaching, I want to bring a broad and fair perspective to add to the board's knowledge of the strengths and concerns of faculty. I have tremendous respect for the board members' willingness to serve this college and their appreciation for its mission."
She is the author of the WILLA (Women Writing the West) award-winning collection of poetry "Table Walking at Nighthawk" (2007) and many national journal publications. She leads creative writing workshops off campus and, in addition to full-time teaching, she chairs the Common Reading Experience committee and is part of the CELT (Center for Equity in Learning and Teaching). Her Master's and Doctorate degrees in English are from Denver University; she has a B.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin through the Wisconsin Indian Teacher Corps.
By Julie Waechter