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President Tim Foster

Tim Foster has served as the president of Colorado Mesa University since March 2004, when he was appointed by the Colorado Mesa University Board of Trustees.

A former member of Colorado Governor Bill Owens' cabinet, Mr. Foster previously served as the executive director for the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. He was initially appointed to the position by Governor Owens in 1999 and reappointed in 2003. Mr. Foster also served as head of the Department of Higher Education, which includes the Colorado Historical Society and the Colorado Council on the Arts, and served on the boards of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, the Denver Chamber of Commerce and its Committee on Science and Technology.

Prior to directing the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Mr. Foster served in the Colorado House of Representatives, beginning in 1988, and served as the House Majority Leader for four sessions, from 1993 to 1996. He received numerous awards from diverse groups such as the Sierra Club, Ducks Unlimited, the Iron Skillet award from the Colorado Restaurant Association, and the Guardian Award from the National Federation of Independent Business. During that time, Mr. Foster was also a partner in the general practice law firm of Foster, Larson, Laiche and Griff in Grand Junction.

A Grand Junction native, his numerous community activities include service on the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association, the Board of Powderhorn Ski Area and as chairman of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership.

Mr. Foster earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with honors from Kenyon College in 1980. He completed graduate coursework for a master's degree in mineral economics at the Colorado School of Mines from 1982 to 1984. Mr. Foster also earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver - College of Law in 1984.

The married father of four sons, Mr. Foster is an avid bike rider, skier, swimmer, soccer player and coach.