Colorado State University’s William Bertschy Elected to National League of Cities University Communities Board

William Bertschy, director of Colorado State University’s Pingree Park Campus and member of the Fort Collins City Council, has been elected to the board of directors of the University Communities Caucus of the National League of Cities.

Leadership elections took place last week during the NLC’s 75th annual Congress of Cities Conference in Kansas City, Mo., which boasted an attendance of nearly 4,000 local government leaders.

"We are delighted to have Bill Bertschy’s leadership skills helping us," said Mayor Clarence Anthony of South Bay, Fla., who was elected NLC president for 1999. College towns, Anthony pointed out, are a valuable part of the NLC membership because they can help shape the ideals and behaviors of young people as they move into the mainstream of American life.

"It’s a great honor to be elected to the board," Bertschy said. "This representation will benefit both the city and the university through the sharing of information, but more importantly through the development of national policy to influence federal legislation."

The NLC University Communities Caucus was established in 1977 to encourage active involvement of university communities in the National League of Cities, its policy-making process and in program development.

UCC is a voluntary association of local elected officials from communities that have colleges, universities or significant branches of colleges and universities within their boundaries.

Bertschy was named director of CSU’s Pingree Park Campus in 1974. He serves as the chief administrative officer of the campus in all aspects of operation and management. Bertschy was elected to the Fort Collins City Council in April, 1997