Two women helm CU regents
Board chair, vice chair held by females for the first time.
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.