The Adams State University Board of Trustees (BOT) demonstrated their appreciation from Colorado legislators by presenting the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) and others with awards during their June 7, 2024, meeting.

Cleave Simpson, David Tandberg
President David Tandberg presents Senator Cleave Simpson with special recognition.

Legislators honored included Senator Rachel Zenzinger, Representative Emily Sirota, Representative Shannon Bird, Representative Rick Taggart, Senator Jeff Bridges, Senator Barbara Kirkmeyer, Senator Cleave Simpson, and Representative Matthew Martinez. Senator Cleave Simpson attended the meeting in person and the others joined virtually.

Adams State President David Tandberg, Ph.D., appreciated the vote of confidence from the legislators who supported an increase in funding for Colorado rural higher education institutions. “Your opinion of us motivated Adams State and brought excitement to the San Luis Valley. Thank you so much.”

Duane Bussey, Cleave Simpson, David Tandberg, Karen Middleton
Senator Cleave Simpson, second from left, joins Adams State Board of Trustees Chair Duane Bussey, Adams State President David Tandberg, and BOT Member Karen Middleton for the award presentation.

BOT Chair Duane Bussey echoed the sentiments. “Adams State is important to the health of the community and your support sends a positive message.” BOT member Karen Middleton expressed her gratitude for the bipartisan support.

The JBC Chair Shannon Bird understands the power of higher education. “We are all in to support you and the great work you do for the future of Colorado.”

Leroy Salazar, Rena Kirkland, Jonathan Marquez, Pam Bricker, Karen Middleton, Duane Bussey, David Tandberg, Arthur Ortegon
President David Tandberg joins the BOT LeRoy Salazar, Rena Kirkland, Jonathan Marquez, Pam Bricker, Karen Middleton, Duane Bussey, and Arthur Ortegon for a tour of the mechanical engineering space.