Steve Valdez and Arnold Salazar elected officers of ASC Trustees
Two accomplished alumni of Adams State College were elected officers of the college's Board of Trustees at the board's retreat, held July 14 in Salida.
Steve Valdez, Adams State Class of 1987, was elected chair for a one-year term, having served as co-chair last year. Arnold Salazar, Adams State Class of 1975, was elected co-chair. Valdez has served on the board since July 2007, and Salazar was appointed in February 2010.
Outgoing chair Tim Walters, Adams State Class of 1973, will continue as a trustee. He served on the Trustees of State Colleges in Colorado from 1999 until the system was dissolved in 2003. At that time, he was appointed to the independent board representing Adams State. Walters has chaired the board for the last five years.
"Tim Walters has performed yeoman service during his years as chair of the ASC Board of Trustees," said Adams State President David Svaldi. "His passion and commitment for ASC and ASC students has been second to none. He has been more my partner than a boss, and he should get credit for many of the good things happening at ASC.
"I look forward to working with the board's new officers, Steve Valdez and Arnold Salazar. I know they also share Tim's passion for the college and its students."
Valdez said: "It's an exciting time to chair the board, with the enrollment growth the college is experiencing. But that's not surprising, because administration has done some great things to bring that about. I'm proud to be involved with Adams State."
A resident of La Jara, Colo, Valdez is manager of the Alamosa City Market, where he began working nearly 25 years ago, while still in college. City Market recognized his valuable leadership with the Superior Service Golden Key Award in 2003. He also owns and manages Valdez Farm and Ranch.
Valdez is the Trustees' liaison with the Adams State College Foundation, and is a long-time member of the Adams State College Grizzly Club, serving two years each as president and vice president. He was named Grizzly Club Member of the Year in 2009.
He also belongs to the San Luis Valley Cattleman's Association, serving as president in 2005, and is advisory council director for La Gente/The People, a non-profit organization which raises funds to enable families and children to achieve and maintain a nurturing, safe, and stable home environment.
Salazar is Executive Director of Colorado Health Partnerships, an organization covering 43 counties, mostly in rural Colorado. With a budget of $69 million, Salazar is responsible for coordinating the activities of the partnership of eight mental health center providers with ValueOptions, the management services provider, and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the contracting agency for the mental health capitation contract. Formerly, Salazar served as Executive Director of SyCare, L.L.C., and as Executive Director of the San Luis Valley Comprehensive Mental Health.
Salazar has an extensive record of service at both the local and state levels, particularly concerning health and mental health. His local service involvements include participation with the San Luis Valley Hispanic League, San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center, the Alamosa County Democratic Central Committee, and Alamosa's community radio station, KRZA, at one point serving as board president. He was also active with the Alamosa Community Economic Development Corporation and was the San Luis Valley Representative for the Colorado Hispanic Agenda Project.
By Julie Waechter