Two women helm CU re­gents

Board chair, vice chair held by fe­males for the first time.

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By El­iz­a­beth Her­nan­dez

BOUL­DER» The Univer­sity of Colorado Board of Re­gents joked dur­ing its sum­mer re­treat in Estes Park that this was the board’s year of the women.

For the first time in CU his­tory, both the board chair and vice chair po­si­tions have been filled by women. Chair­woman Sue Sharkey and vice chair­woman Linda Shoe­maker said they plan to use this mile­stone to ad­vance the sta­tus of women.

“Whether it’s cam­pus safety, en­sur­ing more women are in lead­er­ship roles, in fac­ulty, ten­ure de­ci­sions,” Sharkey said. “We want to bring more of that equal­ity, and I think Linda and I have that op­por­tu­nity to do that, putting our po­lit­i­cal philoso­phies aside.”

Sharkey, a Cas­tle Rock Repub­li­can, and Shoe­maker, a Boul­der Demo­crat, ad­mit­ted they have their po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences.

“But we work well to­gether,” Shoe­maker said. “We’re not al­ways go­ing to agree. We’re not al­ways go­ing to model the best be­hav­ior, nec­es­sar­ily. But we’re go­ing to try.”

With the treat­ment of women un­der a mi­cro­scope in the wake of a na­tion­ally scru­ti­nized do­mes­tic vi­o­lence re­port­ing fail­ure on the Boul­der cam­pus and his­tor­i­cal Ti­tle IX strug­gles, the two board lead­ers agreed — re­gard­less of their gen­der — that these is­sues were crit­i­cal for the board to con­sider.

“But I think we can use our lead­er­ship roles to fo­cus on these,” Sharkey said.

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