College & Community Relations

Aims Trustees name four new Fellows

Submitted on: 05-11-2010

The Aims Community College Board of Trustees recognized the recipients of the 2010 Aims Fellows award at its monthly meeting on Friday, May 7. The Aims Fellows award was established in 2005 to recognize individuals from the community who have made outstanding contributions to higher education and/or Aims Community College. Criteria for this award include: Long-standing efforts to further the goals and purposes of higher education. Service as an advocate of life-long learning. The championing and/or supporting of students and education. Significant contributions to the furthering of scholarship in the state, county, community or to the mission of the College. The following community members were named Aims Fellows for 2010: Beth Bashor Richard Bond Gerald Shadwick Jim Turner Beth Bashor served on the Aims Board of Trustees for eight years, most recently as the past president. Prior to this, she taught English and social studies for 16 years in Grover, before serving as a school counselor at Burns High School in Wyoming. Bashor has volunteered extensively in the community including work with Right to Read, Consumer Counseling, CASA and North Range Behavioral Health. "Ms. Bashor has been a strong voice for education and recently higher education in the rural areas of the state. Her visits to secondary schools where she encouraged students to seek higher education are well known in the communities of northeastern Colorado," according to the nomination. "Her even-handed approach to funding issues for the college and support for quality interaction between administration and faculty and staff was evident to all who sought to understand the workings of a community college. " Richard Bond, Ph.D., recently completed two consecutive terms serving on the Aims Board of Trustees. Bond is the only person to have been president of three institutions in Colorado: the University of Northern Colorado, Morgan Community College and as interim president of Front Range Community College. Bond also served three terms in the Colorado Legislature, was a founding member of the Greeley Dream Team, the first president of the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County, and the founder of the National Student Exchange, which now serves 120 colleges and universities and brings 4,000 exchange students to the United States each year. "Dr. Bond is much deserving of this high honor as his support of and associations with higher education are legion in the State of Colorado," according to the nomination. "His name alone is synonymous with higher education." Jim Turner served on the Board of Trustees of Aims Community College from 1983 to 1997 and was president from 1985 to 1987. During his tenure, the Fort Lupton campus was started and completed, the Loveland campus opened and the first pilot training program began under his direction. "A farmer representing the northern outposts of the Aims Junior College District, Turner brought to the board the 'down to earth' perspective of that area," according to the nomination. "Also actively engaged in both local and county politics, he provided a link in both directions - from the inside out and from the outside in. He was always available when needed and provided to the board both stability and reality." Gerald Shadwick served on the Aims Board of Trustees from 1995 to 1999. During that period, he served as chair of the Presidential Search Committee from 1997-1998. Shadwick arrived in Greeley in 1986 as President and CEO of the Greeley National Bank. In 1995 he was appointed as the Monfort Executive Professor of Management at the Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado, and later as the Associate Dean until his retirement in 2006. "Including his service to Aims, he has been an ardent supporter of higher education in the Greeley community," according to the nomination. "Active and a leader in numerous civic clubs and organizations in the community and recipient of numerous awards and recognition, both in teaching excellence and educational leadership -- all too numerous to list briefly -- Gerald Shadwick is a natural nominee for Aims Fellow."

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