Colorado Senate Approves Two New Members to Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System

The Colorado State University System welcomes new leaders this week as the Colorado Senate approved the appointment of two members of the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System and supported the reappointment of another member.

Colorado community and business leaders Ed Haselden, president and chief executive officer of Haselden Construction, LLC, and Douglas L. Jones, president and owner of The JONES Realty Group, will begin four-year terms on the governing board that oversees Colorado State University and Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Patrick Grant, president and CEO of the National Western Stock Show, joined the Board of Governors in 2001 and was confirmed for an additional four-year term.

"We are very pleased with the appointments of Ed Haselden and Douglas Jones and the reappointment of Patrick Grant," said Colorado State University System Chancellor Larry Edward Penley, who also serves as president of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. "All three have a strong commitment to the success and growth of the Colorado State University System and its campuses in Fort Collins and Pueblo. They bring outstanding business experience and acumen to the Board as well as a deep understanding of the complex issues facing higher education in Colorado today."

In addition to serving on the Board of Governors, Haselden is involved in the community through membership on the boards of the Mile High United Way, Boy Scouts of America Mile High Council, Associated General Contractors of America, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mountain Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization and Douglas County Catholic Schools Corporation. He additionally serves on the U.S. Bank Board of Advisors and the executive committee of the Denver Metro Economic Development Corporation.

As president and CEO of Haselden Construction, Haselden is responsible for the strategic direction, growth and leadership development of the company. Haselden Construction has been a strong supporter of the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State, collaborating with faculty in updating the academic program and funding needed facility improvements. Haselden has a family connection to Colorado State University, where his brother earned a degree in construction management.  He is devoted to the public education mission of the Colorado State University System, which educates about 23,000 Colorado residents in Fort Collins and Pueblo. Haselden is a graduate of the University of Colorado and resides in Castle Rock.

Jones also serves on a number of boards, including the National Western Stock Show Association, Colorado Tourism Office, Rose Community Foundation, Denver Council of Boy Scouts of America and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. He is immediate past chair of the Denver Botanic Gardens Board of Trustees and a past chair of both the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Improvement.

For more than 26 years, Jones has been a leader in growth of the real estate industry in Colorado. Prior to establishing The JONES Realty Group – a commercial real estate investment services group with a primary focus on asset management, brokerage, acquisition and development of commercial properties in the Denver area, Jones worked in banking and served on the Washington, D.C., staff of former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-TX. Jones has been actively engaged in collaborating with faculty and staff in the Colorado State University System and in supporting scholarships to enable students to attend the universities. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and resides in Denver.

As leader of the National Western Stock Show, which is the biggest showcase of agriculture in the West, Grant has worked closely with Colorado State for decades. He is deeply committed to the agricultural heritage and land-grant mission of the university. The National Western is one of the largest scholarship providers in the state, allowing rural youth to attend universities throughout the state; Colorado State alone receives 27 scholarships worth $2,500 each. Grant has helped initiate and endow the Livestock Leadership Award at Colorado State and the Rural Physical Therapy Scholarships to help students study physical therapy at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

In addition to his work with the Board of Governors, on which he has served as executive committee member and secretary, Grant also is a member of the boards of the Denver Metro Area Chamber of Commerce, the Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council and the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Grant Family has been recognized as Citizen of the West by the National Western Stock Show. Grant has degrees from Colgate University, the University of Denver and the Drake University Law School. He resides in Englewood.

The Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System next meets on May 5 in Fort Collins.