LeRoy Salazar returns to ASC Trustees

(07-21-2010)

After a brief hiaitus, LeRoy Salazar was reappointed this spring to a new term on the Adams State Board of Trustees. He served on the board for four years, beginning in 2003, when Adams State was authorized to form a board independent of the other state colleges.

Adams State President David Svaldi said: "I am thrilled to welcome LeRoy back to the Board. His passion for our students and ASC and understanding and appreciation for the SLV culture are great strengths which will make a strong board even stronger.

LeRoy Salazar

LeRoy Salazar

A native of Manassa, Colo., Salazar farms and ranches in Conejos and Costilla counties in the San Luis Valley. He is president of a new organization, Sweetgrass Co-op, formed to help ranchers of organic, grass-fed, and natural beef to market their products.

"I've cleared my plate of a few community responsibilities, and that freed up time for me to return to the Adams State board. I have a real passion for education. ASC has done a wonderful job of meeting the needs of a diverse population with lesser resources, but I think the challenges will be even bigger in the future, as state funding is cut back," Salazar said. "We need to look at creative ways of making up for those cuts - ways to bring in more resources, perhaps ways to decrease expenditures. There's not much you can cut at ASC without affecting our ability to deliver to students. I'm very optimistic, though. I know we have a good board and excellent leadership at the college, in addition to a great community that really supports the college."

Salazar's community involvement includes serving as vice president of the Hope for Children Foundation and on the board of San Luis Valley Federal Bank.

Formerly an engineer and consultant, Salazar was president and CEO of Agro Engineering, Inc., from 1982 - 2000. He has served as a member of the Colorado Agricultural Commission, as director of Citizens for Colorado Water, and on the North Conejos School District Board of Education, with several years as its president.

Salazar holds Master's and Bachelor's degrees in agricultural engineering from Colorado State University earned in 1977 and 1974, respectively.

By Julie Waechter