Board of Trustees
The Aims Community College District is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees. Each trustee is elected to a four-year term by voters in the college’s taxing district. This includes all of Weld County, plus small portions of Adams, Larimer, Logan and Morgan counties and the city and county of Broomfield.
The Board is composed of one member from each of the five districts. Together with the College CEO/President, these elected individuals monitor and oversee the purpose, mission, vision and policies of the College.
|Board Meeting Date||Board Agenda Items Due (at noon)||Location|
|Wednesday, August 10, 2022||Wednesday, July 27, 2022||Greeley Campus|
|Wednesday, September 14, 2022||Wednesday, August 31, 2022||Flight Training Center|
|Wednesday, October 12, 2022||Wednesday, September 28, 2022||Windsor Campus|
|Wednesday, November 9, 2022||Wednesday, October 26, 2022||Greeley Campus|
|Wednesday, December 14, 2022||Wednesday, November 30, 2022||Greeley Campus|
The Board sets annual priorities to guide and focus their work and attention.
2021-2022 Board priorities
- Continue the growth and improvement of the Trustees of Aims Community College.
a. Participate in local and national conferences.
b. Collaborate with other local institutions as opportunities present.
c. Continue Board assessments.
- Continue to advocate for Aims Community College locally, statewide and nationally.
a. Look for and take opportunities to connect with political representatives and the community at all levels using the 2019-2020 Report to the Community as a guide.
b. Support Aims’ CEO/President in maintaining contract lobbying position and its function.
- Support the College in accomplishing the 2018 - 2023 Strategic Plan.
- Support the CEO/President in addressing all the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Continue looking for opportunities to impress upon our CEO/President, faculty and staff the appreciation of the Board and the communities it represents for the incredible job they perform.
- Expand and Enhance New Board Member Orientation.
- Reconnect with the communities that the Board serves and represents.
The CEO/President has separate goals in working alongside the Board of Trustees to uphold the college’s purpose, vision and mission. These can be found on the Office of the President Overview page.
2021 - 2022 Board of Trustees: Member Bios
The following five individuals make up the current Aims Community College Board of Trustees.
Lyle Achziger’s connection with Aims Community College began in 1971 as a student, following four years of military service in Vietnam. He later became a faculty member and chair of an advisory council.
Achziger’s service in the community through the years includes the following:
- Mayor of Evans
- Councilman in Evans
- Chair of the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Active life member of VFW and Leadership Program of the Rockies
Achziger places high importance on fiscally responsible management as well as the best ways to utilize today's technology. He believes that appropriate education of our youth is critical to a strong and sustainable economy.
Terms: 2015 - 2019; 2019 - 2023;
Mark Hout attended Kent State University, the University of Northern Colorado and Aims. He’s owned UNI Design, a commercial and residential construction and remodeling company in Weld County, since 1977.
Hout has been involved with the following organizations:
- Centennial Rotary
- Aims Construction Education and Management Advisory Committees
- School District 6 Advisory Committees
- Greeley Chamber Current LGBC Committee Member
- Board of Directors at A Woman’s Place
Hout wants to be a part of helping school districts create programs that some students otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.
Terms: 2015 - 2019; 2019 - 2023
Gene O'Hara earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific and his Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Colorado. His professional career spans nearly 40 years in the medical administration field.
O'Hara served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Northern Colorado, College of Business. Dr. O'Hara has served as CEO of several hospitals over his career including North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.
O'Hara is passionate about the value of education Aims Community College offers and is honored to be able to contribute to the future of Aims.
Terms: 2017-2021; 2021-2025
Marilyn Schock earned a degree of Associate of Applied Science from Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyoming. She attended the University of Wyoming and continued her education at Colorado State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and a Masters of Business Administration. Since then, Schock has been instrumental in advancing health care in northern Colorado.
She has held leadership roles at Banner Health, UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital, and UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies. Schock most recently has been the driving force in building and leading UCHealth Greeley Hospital, where she is currently President.
She considers it a privilege to be able to share her experiences and knowledge for the greater good of her community. Her love for community involvement is evident through her membership on various boards, including Sunrise Community Health, current chair; Greeley Chamber of Commerce; Weld Community Foundation; and North Colorado Health Alliance.
Schock’s high degree of integrity and commitment to her work and the community, along with her passion for education, brings new energy to the Aims Community College Board of Trustees.
Heidi Windell owns and operates Aquatic and Wetland Nursery, LLC, a wholesale nursery specializing in growing native wetland, riparian and upland plant species. She earned two Baccalaureate Degrees and a Secondary Teaching Certificate.
Windell taught Spanish and business classes and was instrumental in developing a program for “at-risk” freshmen at North High School in the Denver Public School District.
Some of Windell’s service through the years includes:
- Weld RE-8 District School Accountability Committee
- Forulado Club Member
- Society of Ecological Restoration
- Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association
- Society of Rangeland Management
Term: 2019 - 2023
Aims Community College takes our name seriously as we truly are community in every sense of the word.
--Lyle Achziger, Aims Board of Trustees Chair
Notice of election results for Trustee seats can be found on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.
Board of Trustees Responsibilities
The Aims Community College Board of Trustees is the governing body that holds the responsibilities delegated for the oversight and monitoring of the institution, including (but not limited to) the following:
- Employ, evaluate, and support the College CEO/President as the institutional leader
- Monitor the fiscal health of the college
- Set and monitor policy direction
- Advocate for the college
Board of Trustees duties, guidelines and procedures can be found within the Aims Policies and Procedure Manual.
Distinguished Fellows Award
The Board of Trustees annually recognizes one individual who has made outstanding contributions to Aims Community College by naming them as the Distinguished Fellow.
Persons who may be considered for the Distinguished Fellow Award include:
- community members
- former Board of Trustee members
- former Foundation Board members
- former Aims Community College employees
Current employees of Aims Community College and current members of the Board of Trustees are exempt from nomination.
Nominate a Distinguished Fellow
Nominations must be received by the Board of Trustees Liaison in the President’s Office on or before February 28th.
Nomination statements may not exceed two pages and must address significant contributions in two or more of the following areas:
- Long-standing efforts to advance the goals and purposes of Aims Community College and/or higher education
- The championing and/or supporting of students, learning and service
- Significant contributions to the furthering of scholarship in the state, county, community or the mission of the college
- Served as an outstanding example to the employees and students of the college
- Possesses high level of character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership
- Enhanced the reputation and relationship of Aims Community College with its service area
The award will be conferred without regard to race, religion, philosophy, ethnic origin, citizenship, language, gender, or sexual orientation.
The Board of Trustees will select the recipient at the April board meeting and the Distinguished Fellow will be awarded at the commencement ceremony in May.