Architect Cunniffe named as new CMC trustee |

Architect Cunniffe named as new CMC trustee

John Colson
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Aspen architect Charles Cunniffe was chosen on Tuesday as the interim trustee for Colorado Mountain College.

Cunniffe, who was one of two applicants for the position, replaces former Pitkin County trustee Anne Freedman, who resigned recently for health reasons. Cunniffe was chosen over longtime CMC staff member and director Ann Harris of Snowmass.

Cunniffe will serve on the board of trustees of the six-county CMC district until November, when the seat will be up for election. The college district maintains three residential campuses, and eight community campuses, over 12,000 square miles of terrain in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

During a trustee meeting conducted via Skype on Tuesday, Cunniffe told the board he has “always been interested in higher education,” and that he currently serves on the board of the CMC Foundation.

An Aspen resident since 1979, according to his resume, Cunniffe holds bachelor degrees in architecture, fine arts and sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, supplemented by studies at Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brown University.

In addition to serving on the CMC Foundation board, he is a member of the college district’s board development committee and serves on several other boards in the region.

Speaking with the CMC trustees on Tuesday, Cunniffe indicated that, if selected to fill out Freedman’s term, he might be interested in running for the seat in November.

“I think it would be something I’d want to test the waters on, about halfway through this, to see if it’s working well for you all, as well,” he added.

Trustee Ken Brenner, of Steamboat Springs, asked Cunniffe how he might broaden the college’s mission in the various towns around the district.

Cunniffe responded that he had several possible ideas in that regard, “Maybe reaching out a little bit more to veterans in our communities,” as well as expanding the college’s environmental advocacy and increasing the number of residential facilities on the campuses.

“I feel very strongly that Colorado Mountain College is on the right track,” he said of the school in general. “I would like to be able to help.”

The vote in his favor was unanimous, and he is expected to attend the next board meeting, on March 11, as a trustee.

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