For the first time, the members of the University of Colorado Board of Regents, elected in November, will be sworn in at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
The ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 9, in the upper library outdoor plaza , northwest of the campus entrance at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Meadow Lane.
It is the first time UCCS has hosted the swearing-in ceremony and it marks a rare instance of four regents taking the oath at the same time. Typically there are only three members sworn in at one time. (The last time four regents were elected at once came in 1978.)
Judge Gilbert Martinez, chief judge of the 4th Judicial District, will administer the oath of office for three sitting members, including Kyle Hybl, from the 5th Congressional District, and one newcomer to the nine-member board.
“Holding the swearing-in ceremony for the Board of Regents at our Colorado Springs campus is a statement about how important UCCS is to the University of Colorado system and that we recognize the key role the campus plays for all of southern Colorado,” said Michael Carrigan, Board of Regents chairman. “It’s an honor for us to hold this historic event on campus.”
Hybl was first elected to the board in 2006. He was re-elected in November to a second term. He is the senior vice president/general counsel and trustee for El Pomar Foundation and he earned bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder and served as chair of the Board of Regents from 2010-12.
Other board members who will be sworn in are:
Glen Gallegos, 3rd Congressional District. He is a Grand Junction businessman and educator and is new to the board, having won the seat being vacated by Regent Tilman “Tillie” Bishop.
Irene Griego, 7th Congressional District. Griego first joined the board in 2011 after being appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper. She will serve the final two years of the term first won by Monisha Merchant, who resigned. Griego is a longtime K-12 educator and earned her bachelor’s degree at CU-Boulder and doctorate at CU Denver.
Stephen C. Ludwig, At Large. Ludwig, first elected in 2006, also won re-election. He was the first graduate of UCCS to be elected to the board. A longtime public relations, marketing and journalism professional, he served as vice chair of the Board of Regents from 2010-11.
The ceremony is open to the public.