Two new members joined the State Board of Agriculture at today’s regularly scheduled meeting.
Anne Z. Putnam, of Durango, and Mike Stratton, of Littleton, joined the board following approval from the state legislature in the recent session. They replace outgoing members Romaine Pacheco, who served eight years on the board, including the last two as president, and Jim Isgar, who served the last nine years, including a stint as president from 1993 to 1995.
"We’re excited about the addition of these two quality individuals to the board and look forward to their insights," said Chuck Mabry, vice president of the board. "At the same time, we’d be remiss if we didn’t thank both Romaine Pacheco and Jim Isgar for their dedication and commitment to the board and their service over these past years. They will both be missed."
The State Board of Agriculture, the governing board for Colorado State University, the University of Southern Colorado and Fort Lewis College, is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.
Putnam–a former school teacher who earned a master’s degree in vocational education at Colorado State–has been active in her community and in educational issues. Putnam, the owner of a trout farm in Durango, has served on a number of committees dealing with educational issues as well as other community service programs.
Stratton–a graduate of Colorado State and member of the advisory committee for the university’s department of journalism and technical communication–has worked as a newspaper reporter and in government and public affairs communications. He also served as student body president while at Colorado State. He is now a principal owner in the real estate firm FeldmanStratton Co. Based in Boulder and is a frequent speaker and author of articles on government, energy, politics and sports.