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David Reed has been a lawyer for more than 25 years and participated in community development, charities, local volunteer organizations and projects around the region.


Introducing CMU’s newest Board of Trustees member

David Reed brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his newly appointed position as the eleventh voting member of the CMU Board of Trustees.

Reed graduated magna cum laude with his juris doctor from the South Texas College of Law in Houston. He has been practicing law for more than 25 years at his firm J. David Reed, P.C. with offices in Montrose, Ridgway and Telluride.

Although he expects these first few months to be a learning experience, Reed said, “I’m really looking forward to serving the university and students.”

Donating his time and energy is nothing new for Reed, as he is the current Montrose Community Foundation board treasurer. He recently finished serving as the president of the San Juan Healthcare Foundation and is the past president of the Montrose Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a city council member and mayor of Montrose, and on the Montrose County School Board.

After years of serving the Montrose community, Reed is expanding his community involvement footprint.

“I’m very familiar with CMU and what CMU means to the state of Colorado,” he said. “I have a passion for higher education and want to offer my services anyway I can.”

The university’s student-orientated focus and close, personal relationships between faculty and students are just two of the reasons why he chose to serve on the board. He said the fact that CMU has maintained a unique, warm atmosphere while growing to include state-of-the-art facilities was also another draw.

Reed was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on January 1 and his Senate confirmation hearing is next week. Reed will serve a four-year term with a possible two-term limit. As part of the board, Reed will contribute to the governance of the university including areas such as finance, resources, academic programs, curriculum, admissions, role and mission, personal policies and more.

When he is not working, participating in community development or volunteering, Reed may be found enjoying the mountains, working out and honing his amateur photography skills. He and wife, Debbie, also enjoy spoiling their two grandchildren, Ryder James and Landry Jean.

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