I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees. My career as a faculty member, librarian, and administrator and my dedication to affordable lifelong learning attest to my suitability for this position.

During my 40-year academic career, I was a librarian at Penn State University and the University of Maine and library director at Greensboro College and at CMC Leadville (2014-2018). I was a librarian for the AskAcademic chat reference service after retirement. 

My philosophy of education is simple: Learn something every day. Students’ motivation to learn is sparked by mentors who encourage intellectual curiosity. As a first-generation college student, I treasure the advisers who taught me to be a college student and cherish my ongoing connections with my own students and advisees.

My management philosophy is to hire the best people possible and enable them to do the work they love. The heart of Colorado Mountain College consists of faculty who engage and challenge students. 

I am dedicated to academic freedom, freedom of speech, and academic integrity as well as participatory governance by faculty and staff. My professional life grounded me in best practices for higher education, a commitment I brought to every position and will continue as a CMC trustee. 

Colorado Mountain College enables students to follow their dreams and become lifelong learners affordably. As a CMC trustee, I will use my higher education and leadership experiences to enhance CMC’s value to our community of learners.

Christine Whittington