Trusteeship Podcast Episode 22: The Colorado Trustee Network


Aired: July 27, 2021

In early 2021, trustees representing every public university in Colorado joined together to form the Colorado Trustee Network (CTN). This coalition’s mission is to support Coloradan trustees in enacting meaningful change related to Colorado’s investment in higher education, the state’s equity gap, and the alignment of postsecondary education and the workforce.

In this podcast, Morgan Alexander, AGB’s associate director of public policy and strategic communications, speaks with three founding members of CTN: Alison Griffin, the chair of the board of trustees of Colorado Mesa University; Russell Noles, the vice chair of the Metropolitan State University of Denver Board of Trustees; and Chris Romer, a trustee of Colorado Mountain College.


Morgan Alexander, AGB

Morgan Alexander is the associate director of public policy and strategic communications at AGB. He manages the development and implementation of media and public policy strategies at the state and national levels to promote AGB’s public agenda to policymakers, reporters, and association members. In his six years at AGB, Alexander has helped define AGB’s voice on myriad policy topics, including Title IX and the COVID-19 federal response.

Alison Griffin, Colorado Trustee Network

Alison R. Griffin has more than 20 years of experience working at the intersection of education and employment, policy, and practice. Griffin serves as the chair of the board for Colorado Mesa University and a senior vice president of Whiteboard. She is a regular contributor to Forbes and EdSurge and her opinion pieces have appeared in Bloomberg and the Washington Post.

Russell Noles, Colorado Trustee Network

Russell Noles serves as the vice chair of the Metropolitan State University of Denver Board of Trustees as well as a member of the finance committee, governance committee, and the academic and student affairs committee. Noles is a retired corporate executive, serving most recently as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Nuveen, a wholly owned asset management subsidiary of Teachers’ Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA).

Chris Romer, Colorado Trustee Network

Chris Romer dedicates his time to a variety of volunteer boards, including Colorado Mountain College, where he currently serves as a trustee. Romer is also the president and CEO of Vail Valley Partnership, a regional chamber of commerce and economic development organization representing Vail Valley, Colorado.

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