Board of Trustees
Donald M. Bird, PhD (Chair)
Don Bird was a member of the Colorado School of Professional Psychology's (CSOPP) Board of Directors from 2001 and has Chaired the Board since December 2002. Bridgepoint Education, Inc. acquired CSOPP in September 2007 and renamed it University of the Rockies. Dr. Bird's PhD in Chemistry is from the University of Colorado, and for many years he has served as a chemistry professor at the US Air Force Academy. A retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Bird is also Chair of the Board of the Air Academy Federal Credit Union, and he is active in many civic and social organizations in the Pikes Peak Region. Among his notable accomplishments, Dr. Bird is a long time Consultant-Evaluator for The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
Charlita Shelton, PhD
Dr. Charlita Shelton's professional experience spans 25 years in higher education. She spent a number of years at one of the largest private universities in the country serving in such roles as Director of Academic Affairs, Regional Director of Academic Affairs, Associate Vice President for Campus Academic Affairs, and Organizational Diversity Officer. Throughout Dr. Shelton's career, she has received many accolades. In 2007, she was selected by the Arizona Society of Human Resource Management as “Diversity Champion” for the state of Arizona. In 2010, Dr. Shelton received national recognition as Diversity Champion of the Year, an award that was sponsored by Diversity Business.Com. In addition, Profiles in Diversity Journal has named Dr. Shelton as a WomenWorthWatching®. Dr. Shelton holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Western Michigan University, a Master's degree in Educational Administration from National University, and both a Master's degree and a Doctorate in Philosophy in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University.
Jeff Jensen, BAJeff Jensen joined the board in September, 2007. Jeff Jensen is a Realtor and the former Owner and Broker of a three-office Residential Real Estate firm called Windermere Real Estate with over 120 agents. In July of 2012 he sold his interest in his company to his partners to enjoy more quality time with his two daughters and to pursue other interests. Jeff has been in Real Estate for over twenty years and an owner for the last ten. His holdings also included three mortgage companies and a title business in Tacoma, Washington. Jensen continues to work as a consultant, Realtor, Developer and participates actively in Real Estate in a multitude of other ways. Prior to Real Estate, Mr. Jensen worked for a regional office-interiors firm specializing in space planning, interior design, sales of systems, case goods, and high-end custom-built furniture. A native of Tacoma-Pierce County, Washington, Mr. Jensen graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a Business Minor.
Deborah G. Blue, PhD
Dr. Deborah Blue joined the Board in January 2009. Dr. Blue's career in K-12 and higher education spans over 30 years. She has served in educational administrative roles in a number of community college districts in the Northern California region. In addition, Dr. Blue was the Vice President of Policy and Research for the Accrediting Commission for Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Currently, Dr. Blue serves as Chancellor for State Center Community College District (SCCCD). She has presented in the area of community college accreditation and is also a published author in higher education. Dr. Blue holds a Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Western Michigan University, and a Master's and PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.