Governor names two to Adams State Board of Trustees


Gov. John Hickenlooper recently announced appointments to the Board of Trustees for Adams State University. Paul Farley, a Republican from Centennial, was named a new trustee, while Mary K. Griffin, a Democrat from Boulder, was reappointed to a second term. She holds the position of vice chair of the board.

They will both serve four-year terms, expiring Dec. 31, 2016. The appointments must be confirmed by the Colorado Senate. The Board makes policy for the school and oversees its operations.

Adams State President David Svaldi said, "I look forward to continuing to work with Trustee Griffin and very much appreciate her years of service and commitment to Adams State. Mr. Farley will be a great asset to the ASU Board of Trustees. He brings legal expertise and many years of experience serving in a variety of roles in Colorado State Government."

Since 2006, Farley has been an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney's Office in Denver.

"This is an exciting time to be joining the Adams State community. The growth of its academic mission, ongoing campus improvements, and its unique role in the educational, economic, and cultural development of southeastern Colorado are both important and challenging," Farley said. "I am grateful to the Governor for giving me the opportunity to serve, and I am looking forward to contributing to the continuing - and greater - success of the university."

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Farley served for five years as the Deputy Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, where he was the chief operating officer of the cabinet department responsible for the state civil service system, facilities, real estate, and archives, as well as business services ranging from telecommunications and computing to financial accounting, purchasing, insurance, and risk management.

From 1991 to 1999, he served as Colorado Deputy Attorney General, where he was responsible for the representation of a dozen cabinet departments, including education, higher education, human services, and labor, and the administration of the state peace officer certification program.

From 2002 to 2012, Gov. Owens appointed and Gov. Ritter reappointed Farley to the State Judicial Performance Commission, where he served as chair for the last six years. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Denver College of Law.

Griffin is a fifth generation Coloradan who has long been active in state and local politics. Having spent the last 13 years of her career in human resources in the high-tech sector along Colorado's Front Range, she now operates her own human resources consulting firm, Griffin and Associates.

"Adams State has just been through a period of unprecedented growth, but many challenges lie ahead," Griffin said. "I look forward to working with our very talented and committed students, faculty, and staff as we meet those challenges and as we continue to contribute to life in the San Luis Valley and to higher education in Colorado."

She earned a B.A. in history from University of Colorado in 1992, followed by a Juris Doctor from University of Colorado School of Law in 1996. She also holds certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Society for Human Resource Management/Human Resources.

By Julie Waechter