Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has appointed Thornton resident and Adams State alumnus David A. Tandberg to the Board of Trustees for Adams State University. He will fill the seat held by Cleave Simpson, who resigned from the board as of June 12, 2020. Tandberg was appointed to the board for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2022, which is the remaining time of Trustee Simpson’s term.

David Tandberg
David Tandberg, Ph.D.

Tandberg, Senior Vice President of Policy Research and Strategic Initiatives at State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, earned a Bachelor of Arts from Adams State in 2002. While a student, he was elected President of Adams State’s Student Government and was a member of Adams State cross-country team under Coach Vigil. He is excited to give back to his alma mater. “My entire professional career has its roots in the incredible experience I had as a student at Adams State. I hope to use my time and experience working within and studying higher education to bring some value to the board and to assist my fellow board members in helping guide the institution through this unprecedented, challenging time.”

Tandberg joined SHEEO in July 2016. He leads SHEEO’s policy evaluation and research initiatives and SHEEO’s efforts to connect empirical research to state practice and policy. He also helps lead SHEEO’s strategic direction and partnerships. He is the lead editor of a book dedicated to the investigation of the state higher education executive officer that was published July 2018 by Teachers College Press.

Previously, Dr. Tandberg served as an associate professor of higher education and an associate director of the Center for Postsecondary Success at Florida State University. As an academic researcher, his research was published in numerous peer-reviewed outlets. Before joining Florida State University, Tandberg served as a special assistant to the secretary of education in the Pennsylvania Department of Education, focused on postsecondary policy development and implementation.

Board of Trustee Chair Michele Lueck said she is “pleased to welcome (back) Dr. Tandberg to Adams State and looks forward to tapping his extensive expertise in higher education to assist the Board in guiding the University.”

Tandberg earned a master’s in political science and a Ph.D. in higher education from Penn State University.