New Adams State trustee experienced in higher education

(05-14-2008)

Ann Rice brings a decade of experience on college trustee boards to Adams State College.

Governor Bill Ritter recently named former attorney Ann Rice to the Board of Trustees for Adams State College. She has served the State of Colorado as a higher education trustee for most of last decade, first as a trustee for the now defunct State College system, and then as a trustee for Metropolitan State College.

"I've been involved with higher education in Colorado for roughly ten years. I was on the board of the State Colleges when Adams State was part of that right up until the schools were given their own boards, then I served on Metro State's board until last June. I found I really missed being involved in higher education and really wanted to get back onto a college board, and in particular I wanted to be on the Adams State College board. I just have a special attachment to Adams State," Rice explained. "Through my time on the State Colleges board, I came to understand how important the institution is as an access point to higher education for southern part of the state. I believe so strongly in the role it plays and its importance as an economic driver in the San Luis Valley. I just think smaller institutions need some champions in Denver; people don't always appreciate what they bring to the table. I do have a strong appreciation for that, and thought I would be a good fit for Adams State."

Rice served as vice chair of both boards, and as chair of the State Colleges' Legislative Committee and vice chair of its Academic Affairs Committee. She developed a close working relationship with the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, met regularly with legislators, and testified on behalf of issues of concern to the higher education community in Colorado.

"Adams State College is fortunate to have a new trustee with Ms Rice's knowledge of a broad range of issues facing higher education in Colorado," said Adams State President, Dr. David Svaldi. "She brings valuable experience as a trustee gained through her membership on the State Colleges in Colorado Board and, more recently, the Metropolitan State College Board. She has also visited the San Luis Valley many times during her law practice. She is a collaborator, listener, and leader who I look forward to working with."

Rice is a retired attorney who formerly practiced with McClure & Eggleston, a Denver law firm that maintains an office in Monte Vista, Colo. She specialized in commercial and construction litigation and handled many cases throughout the San Luis Valley. She also serves as a board member and the chairman of the Development Committee for Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado, a residential scholarship program for at-risk young people.

Rice holds a J.D. from the University of Denver School of Law and a B.A. in public Policy Studies from Duke University. A resident of Greenwood Village, she enjoys running, reading, traveling, and spending time at home with her husband and three teenagers.

By Julie Waechter