College & Community Relations

Board of Trustees for Aims Community College names Honorary Fellows

Submitted on: 05-12-2014


Board of Trustees for Aims Community College names Honorary Fellows


GREELEY – The Board of Trustees for Aims Community College selected Dr. Stephen Spangehl and Mike Freeman as Aims Honorary Fellows for 2014. The award recognizes extraordinary commitment, allegiance and contributions to the goals of Aims Community College and higher education in general. The recipients were honored by Aims President Marsi Liddell and the Board at their May 7 meeting.


Mike Freeman served on the Aims Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2013. Prior to that Freeman served on the Highland Re-9 School Board for eight years, several of them as chair. Additionally he served as president of the Colorado Association of School Boards in 2005. Some highlights of his term at Aims include the construction of the Windsor Automotive and Technology building, approving the Oil & Gas and Agriculture building, keeping tuition rates flat, and making fiscally sound decisions that allowed Aims to become debt-free. Aims Trustee Larry Wood presented the award to Freeman.


“While serving the Aims Board, Mike simultaneously began his first term as a Weld County Commissioner, yet he never let Aims take a second seat to his other obligations,” Wood said. “While Mike’s now serving Weld County in a different role, I know that his heart will always be centered in education.”


Freeman said he was deeply honored to be selected as an Aims Fellow. “Aims is just an amazing resource for the community,” he said. “The college continues to offer the highest quality education at a very affordable rate, and that importance to the economic viability and vitality of the community can’t be underestimated.”


Dr. Stephen Spangehl was integral in developing the Higher Learning Commission’s accreditation process that Aims follows. He served as liaison to Aims in adopting the Academic Quality Improvement Program, or AQIP, and helped the college integrate the model in a way that complements the existing culture and mission.


“Dr. Spangehl is a person of extraordinary vision and a true friend of Aims,” said Aims President Marsi Liddell. “It is quite fitting, then, that this person of national prominence be recognized as a Fellow of Aims Community College for his many contributions to higher education and to Aims.”


Spangehl, who lives in Illinois, was not able to attend the meeting. "I am delighted at the honor Aims Community College has shown in naming me an Honorary Aims Fellow,” Spangehl said. “Aims' recognition of my work developing AQIP is gratifying, and I am proud to join the ranks of Honorary Fellows. I am sorry I cannot accept in person, but know that my heart and spirit are with your outstanding institution."


Selection of the Aims Fellows awards are based on:

·  Long-standing efforts to further the goals and purposes of higher education

·  Service as an advocate of life-long learning

·  Championing and/or supporting students and education

·  Significant contributions to the furthering of scholarship in the state, county, community or the mission of Aims Community College



                 Aims Trustee Larry Wood, left, presents the Aims Fellows award to Mike Freeman.



                                  Dr. Stephen Spangehl

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