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Aims Community College names honorary Fellows for 2012

Submitted on: 05-24-2012

At its May 16 meeting, the Aims Community College Board of Trustees recognized Sandy Neb along with Sallie Johnson and her late husband, Bob, as recipients of the 2012 Aims Fellows award.

Sandy Neb served on the Aims Board of Trustees from 2003 through 2011 as a Trustee, then as Secretary, and finally as Board President from 2009-2011. She represented District A, covering RE-8 Fort Lupton,
RE-3J Keenesburg,
Hudson and Prospect Valley, and was named Trustee Emeritus last year.

“Under her leadership, Aims weathered tough financial times and positioned itself to provide the most efficient and highest quality service to students while keeping costs low,” said current Trustee Carol Ruckel, who nominated Neb for the honor.  

A Fort Lupton native, Neb and her late husband, Ron, owned and operated Neb Electric for 24 years. She currently serves on the Fort Lupton Chamber of Commerce board and the United Power Round-Up board. She served on the RE-8 School District board for 12 years and the BOCES board for eight years. She is also an active member in the First United Methodist Church in Fort Lupton.

“I just felt very honored to receive this award,” Neb said. “I’ve always enjoyed working with the people here at Aims, and I feel very privileged to join the group of Aims Fellows.”

Bob and Sallie Johnson are well known in the community for their dedication and philanthropic contributions to provide educational access to all. Over the years, the Johnsons have been generous contributors to Aims Community College, and the Art Gallery in Beaty Hall is dedicated in their honor.

“Sadly, Dr. Johnson passed away earlier this year,” said Aims President Marsi Liddell. “To have Sallie accept the Aims Fellows nomination on behalf of both of them would be a lasting tribute to his memory.”

In addition to their commitment to Aims Community College, the Johnsons have been strong contributors to post-secondary education in general. Dr. Johnson was a professor emeritus and dean at the University of Northern Colorado prior to embarking on a career in financial planning with UBS Financial Services. Mrs. Johnson is a noted classical musician, a piano teacher and a founding member of the Greeley Area Music Teachers Association. The couple has been involved in community service organizations including the Kiwanis, United Way, Hospice and the Assistance League.

“I’m sure Bob would be very proud to receive this award. I know that I am,” Sallie Johnson said. “Aims is a really fine institution that provides wonderful educational opportunities to our community.” 

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

Open registration for summer and fall semesters is going on now. Summer semester begins May 29 and Fall semester begins August 20. Call Aims today at (970) 330-8008 or visit www.aims.edu for more information on how to register for classes.

Board of Trustees member Carol Ruckel (right) presents the Aims Fellow award to Sandy Neb.

Board of Trustees Chair Walt Richter presents the Aims Fellow award to Sallie Johnson.



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