Governor Names CSU–Pueblo President WICHE Commissioner

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter yesterday announced the appointment of Colorado State University-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia as a commissioner to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). The Governor’s announcement may be viewed at

Garcia will complete a term that expires in 2009 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of William J. Hybl of Colorado Springs.

Garcia joins Kaye Howe, executive director of the National Science Digital Library in Boulder, and David E. Skaggs, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education as the state’s three representatives. Garcia will attend his first meeting Nov. 5-6 in Denver.

WICHE is a regional organization created by the Western Regional Education Compact, adopted in the 1950s by Western states to facilitate resource sharing among the higher education systems of the West. WICHE works with its 15- member states to assure access and excellence in higher education for all citizens of the West.
Several programs extend WICHE’s reach nationally and internationally, including:

Policy Analysis and Research, which provides a wide range of initiatives and information to support Western states' concerns about higher education public policy issues and better informed decision-making.

Programs and Services, which coordinates the three Student Exchange Programs and the State Scholars Initiative, helps launch efforts to broaden access and cut costs, and tracks workforce needs across WICHE's 15 states.

WCET, which works nationally to promote the effective use of technologies in higher education by offering information and expertise and facilitating resource-sharing among member organizations, and a

Mental Health Program, which helps member states improve their public mental health systems and enhance the preparation of a qualified mental health workforce.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.