Gardea elected CESDA chair


article by Lace King

Priscilla Gardea, Adams State College admissions counselor, was elected to the Colorado Education Services and Development Association's (CESDA) E-Board as its 2011-2012 chair. Since the beginning of its 28-year history as a non-profit, CESDA has networked representatives from over 30 colleges, universities, vocational schools, and technical schools in Colorado. The organization is intensely involved with higher education, forging partnerships between institutions of higher learning in a synergetic, mutually beneficial manner. CESDA's mission is to push Colorado's underrepresented students to go to college and ensuring they make informed decisions throughout the journey. Their ultimate goal is to pave the way for a business world that is filled with diverse bodies and ideas.

Gardea is excited to have the opportunity to bring attention to Adams State College while serving as CESDA's chair. When she first began working at Adams State, her director connected her to the organization and she has worked with it ever since. During her second year, she served as the CESDA secretary. During this period of service she realized she could further benefit the organization by providing strong leadership as its chair. "While I will have my CESDA Chair hat on, I will still have my Adams State lenses to look through," she said.

Gardea says she will provide Adams State with a voice in CESDA both in her strategic meetings with colleagues and in her meetings with students. At the College Awareness and Planning presentations by CESDA at Colorado high schools and middle schools, Gardea is already helping to bring students' attention to Adams State by talking about her college experiences here. "I want everyone to know that Adams State is one of Colorado's higher education leaders."