College & Community Relations

Former State Senator wins seat on Aims Board; Wood takes second term unopposed

Submitted on: 11-19-2013

At its November meeting, the Aims Board of Trustees seated Ray Peterson as the new director for District C, representing Eaton, Windsor, Ault-Highland, Briggsdale, New Raymer and Grover school districts. Also sworn in was Larry Wood, current Board Director for District D, representing parts of Greeley-Evans School District 6. Wood was unopposed in his bid for a second term.

Peterson operates Peterson Ranches of Nunn on the property where he was raised. He earned his bachelor’s in Animal Science and his master’s in Adult Education from Colorado State University before earning a doctorate in Educational Administration from Arizona State University. His professional experience includes serving as state senator from 1982 to 1994, more than a decade in CSU’s Extension Service and nearly 30 years in the Colorado Department of Education.  He currently serves on several boards including President of the Weld County Farmers Union, member of the Weld County Livestock Association, the Greeley/Weld League of Women Voters, and the High Plains District Board of Trustees.

“Community colleges serve such an important role in higher education, and I look forward to the opportunity to help Aims continue to provide the very best to our community,” Peterson said. “Given my life experiences and my dedication to community service, I think I have a lot to offer as a Trustee.”

Wood, who earned his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, takes a second four-year term serving District D.  He is the Chief Lending Officer for First National Bank, where he began his banking career 35 years ago. Throughout his career he has been primarily involved in commercial and real estate lending. 

“I'm very happy to be able to continue my relationship with Aims. It has been very rewarding,” Wood said. “I believe Aims is positioned to become the number one community college, providing superior education at the lowest price for the people in our district.”

The Board also elected Walt Richter for a second, two-year term as Board Chair, Mike Geile for a second, two-year term as Board Secretary, and Carol Ruckel for a two-year term as Board Treasurer.

The Aims Junior College District is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees elected to four-year terms by voters in the district which serves residents of twelve school districts in Weld County, as well as portions of Adams, Broomfield, Larimer, Logan and Morgan counties.

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