Praise for Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser

Regional and national leaders in education and philanthropy

“Dr. Hauser is one of the most creative, energetic and successful colleagues with whom I have worked. Possessed with an enviable knowledge and awareness of the inner working of higher education administration, she has exhibited a loyalty to and from her friends and colleagues which has resulted in a network of contacts that is the envy of most presidents. Additionally, it is her personal characteristics that endear her to those who know her. Her sense of humor, caring concern for others and commitment to help everyone reach their highest abilities that will make her an outstanding leader of Colorado Mountain College.”

Dr. Jim Appleberry, president emeritus, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

 

“Colorado Mountain College is a special institution that plays a critical and unique role in the tapestry of postsecondary education in Colorado. Accordingly, I would argue that CMC needs a leader who understands this context, respects the communities served by the system, and embraces the institution’s historical and emerging mission. Dr. Besnette Hauser is such a person. She is exceptionally accomplished in higher education and is deeply committed to the mission of access institutions. In addition, she understands Colorado’s unique political and financial processes and knows how to build and carry out forward-looking agendas. When the CMC position was announced, Dr. Besnette Hauser was the very person I thought would be a perfect fit for it. Six months later, the CMC board came to the same conclusion. I couldn’t be happier for CMC and the communities the college serves. The future of CMC couldn’t be brighter.”

- Dr. Matt Gianneschi, vice president, Education Commission of the States; former deputy executive director, Colorado Department of Higher Education

 

“It is wonderful to have Carrie Besnette Hauser return to Colorado, and I can think of no better person than Carrie to take the reins at Colorado Mountain College. Professionally, I have witnessed Dr. Hauser as the consummate higher education leader, originally when she and I were colleagues at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, then during her tenure at the Daniels Fund and with Metropolitan State College, and finally during her stint with the Kauffman Foundation. And personally, Carrie’s love of Colorado and its outdoors recreation make her the perfect fit for the College in the Mountains. Welcome home, Carrie.”

- Dr. David Longanecker, president, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

 

“Dr. Hauser is an outstanding leader in higher education. She’s a seasoned manager, a visionary leader and someone whose passion for the outcomes of higher education for both individuals and society has been a defining feature of her career. She is highly qualified to lead Colorado Mountain College and I wish her great success in taking the college to new levels of excellence.”

– Jamie P. Merisotis, president and CEO, Lumina Foundation

 

“I have had the opportunity to work with Carrie over the past 25 years in several different capacities. I can think of no other person with whom I would want to work, and am honored to consider her as a colleague and friend. She is the consummate professional, an intense listener and an innovative and collaborative decision maker. She has always put students first and is a firm believer in equity and access.”

- Kenneth Woods, executive director, higher education, Western Regional Office, The College Board

 

Leaders within Colorado education and public service

“It is rare to find someone with as much passion for learning and commitment to education as Carrie. She has dedicated her life to improving the quality of higher education and increasing access to higher learning opportunities for students throughout the state. She is uniquely qualified for this position and she will make an exceptional leader for Colorado Mountain College.”

- U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (Colorado)

 

“This is an exciting time for CMC. Dr. Hauser’s breadth of experience and remarkable credentials prepare her to work with the college and community to define CMC’s future. She understands students and their needs, faculty and staff and their commitment, communities and their complexities, and policy and its critical processes. She will approach this wonderful opportunity with her characteristic warmth, integrity and intelligence.”

- Dr. Linda S. Bowman; president emeritus, Community College of Aurora; vice president for Executive Leadership Training and Development, Colorado Community College System

 

“We are looking forward to Dr. Besnette Hauser’s return to Colorado and even more so to western Colorado. Carrie is exceptionally talented and has a broad understanding of Colorado higher education. Equally as important, she is a wonderful collaborator and we look forward to continuing to grow the relationship between CMU and CMC for the benefit of western Colorado.”

- Tim Foster, president, Colorado Mesa University

 

“We are fortunate to have the leadership of Dr. Besnette Hauser back in Colorado. She is a proven leader and advocate for higher education and will be a great ally in helping us to ensure access to college across Colorado.”

- Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia (also executive director, Colorado Department of Higher Education)

 

“I was tremendously pleased to learn that Dr. Hauser will be the next president of Colorado Mountain College. I have known her for many years, and I believe she was the perfect choice for this position. Her vast experience in higher education and finance demonstrates her strong qualifications, and I am confident she will bring the same dedication and initiative that I’ve always seen in her work to CMC.”

- Colorado State Sen. (and Senate Majority Leader) Rollie Heath

 

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Besnette Hauser back to Colorado’s higher education community. Her wealth of experience in higher education, foundations and public policy will be a true asset in developing partnerships between CMC and four-year institutions, such as MSU Denver, throughout Colorado.”

- Dr. Stephen Jordan, president, Metropolitan State University of Denver

 

“During the time that I served as Governor Owens’ chief of staff, I came to know firsthand Dr. Hauser’s intellectual gifts. She was appointed by the governor to serve on several boards and commissions. Her thoughtful and measured counsel were assets which the governor and I came to value. I could always count on Carrie to provide a sound, well-reasoned approach to the most challenging of issues. The CMC Board could not have selected a more skilled person to lead Colorado Mountain College. She is an exceptional talent. Congratulations!”

- Bob Lee, former chief of staff for Colorado Gov. Bill Owens

 

“Dr. Hauser has a passion for Colorado, higher education and public service. That, combined with her extensive background on state boards and commissions such as the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, is a huge win for Colorado Mountain College and the nine counties it serves. She brings a depth and breadth of knowledge that will help CMC fulfill its mission to its students and the community, as well as bring much-needed energy to higher education discussions across the state.”

- Stephen Ludwig, University of Colorado Regent at-Large

 

“I have known Carrie Besnette Hauser for many years. I have been impressed by her commitment and her professionalism. Colorado Mountain College is fortunate to have her as president. I am confident she will ensure that students are provided high-quality higher education opportunities to help them achieve their goals. She will also be a great leader for faculty and staff.”

- Dr. Nancy McCallin, president, Colorado Community College System

 

“I have known Dr. Hauser for many years and I am thankful that CMC was able to bring her back into the Colorado educational system. In my former roles as a member of Colorado’s State Board of Education and as head of Colorado’s system of higher education, I got to know Carrie and appreciate her passion, dedication and intellect. As the current superintendent for one of Colorado’s largest school districts and a member of CSU’s Board of Governors, I look forward to new opportunities to partner with Dr. Hauser and CMC.”

- Rico Munn, member, CSU Board of Governors; superintendent, Aurora Public Schools

 

Other Western Slope leaders

“I am excited to hear of Colorado Mountain College’s selection of Dr. Carrie Hauser. Her commitment to Colorado combined with her unique skill set is the perfect match for the college. She understands the vital role CMC plays in our community, and has an exciting vision for how to continue and grow its impact and legacy. She and her husband will both be welcomed in our communities with open arms.”

- Dan Gibbs, Summit County commissioner and CMC alumnus

 

“I am thrilled that Dr. Hauser has been selected as the next president of CMC. I have known Carrie and her husband Jeff for a number of years, through their passion for skiing, the outdoors and mountain lifestyle. I am confident that Dr. Hauser will bring this same passion to CMC. In addition, she brings a tremendous academic background combined with strong business acumen that will benefit the college, students and faculty for many years to come.”

- Gary Rodgers, president and general manager, Copper Mountain Resort

 

“I’m excited for Dr. Hauser to join the team at Colorado Mountain College. Her background and experience working in higher education make her a good fit for CMC; her active involvement with various economic development-related boards and knowing the Colorado landscape make her a perfect fit for CMC. Dr. Hauser brings a wealth of experience and community engagement to her new position, and I look forward to CMC’s continued growth as a top choice for students and as a partner with the business community within the mountain region.”

Chris Romer, president and CEO, Vail Valley Partnership

 

Within Colorado Mountain College

“I think she has the personal skills needed to move the college and a great group of employees to the next level. We have the chance to move the college from a recently recognized (by CNNMoney.com) college to an even higher level of quality and opportunity for students and I think she is well equipped to move us to this next level.”

- Dave Askeland, campus vice president of Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge & Dillon

 

“She’s a perfect fit. Unlike others who’ve not experienced Colorado and don’t understand our unique lifestyle, not only has she lived it, she’s embraced it. She has an extensive background in foundation work and an extensive background in higher education in Colorado. She has the best knowledge of Colorado Mountain College’s special place in the overall higher education community in Colorado. In part, that comes from her having been with the Daniels Fund in its very early history, and in seeing the kinds of students CMC has invested in over the years.”

- Doris Dewton, vice chair, CMC Foundation Board; former president, CMC Board of Trustees

 

“I was fortunate enough to be part of the College Council (senior college leadership) interviews with all of the presidential candidates and was very impressed with Dr. Hauser. She is very articulate and very well connected in the state, which I see as two of the most important qualities for a college president. I believe she will provide a good balance of internal and external leadership for CMC. I also believe that her experience working with boards will be very valuable in moving CMC forward. The CMC Board of Trustees made a very good choice in selecting Dr. Hauser as the next president for CMC.”

- Linda English, chief financial officer, Colorado Mountain College

 

“I’m excited about her coming, because the depth of her knowledge in complex organizations may be underestimated. Her statewide connections will be a strong asset.”

- Lin Stickler, CMC interim vice president for student affairs

 

“I am personally very excited that we have selected Dr. Hauser. She has such solid footing in student-centered strategic thinking. I know she’ll lead CMC to great places!”

- Dr. Brad Tyndall, senior vice president of academic affairs, Colorado Mountain College

 

“I’m excited for CMC with the selection of Dr. Hauser as the new president. Her breadth of experience in college administration and foundation efforts makes her the perfect person to move the college forward to serve our students and communities.”

- Joe Yob, president, CMC Foundation Board