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Regent Irene Griego, 7th Congressional District
Current Term 2011-2012, Democrat

Irene Griego  
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c/o Office of the Board of Regents
1800 Grant St., Suite 800
Denver, CO 80203

Cell: 720-441-9640
E-mail: Irene.Griego@cu.edu
 
   
From CU Connections (CU's Faculty and Staff newsletter)

By taking an oath on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at the Capitol, Irene Griego will do more than become the newest member of the University of Colorado Board of Regents: She’ll enjoy a homecoming.

Her career in education – 38 years as a teacher, principal, administrator and university instructor – took root at CU. She earned her bachelor’s degree at CU-Boulder and doctorate at CU Denver, with a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in between.

Asked about memories of her time on CU’s campuses, her list is long: “the excitement of learning; professional growth experiences; educational challenges; stimulating, engaging conversations with professors and colleagues; pride and sense of accomplishment; and the university culture in general.”

The director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Jefferson County Public Schools, Griego was chosen by Gov. John Hickenlooper to take the place of Monisha Merchant, who resigned from the Board of Regents this fall. Griego’s resume includes a decade as community superintendent for the Jeffco school district; she also worked as part-time faculty at CU Denver and Metropolitan State College of Denver; principal and assistant principal at elementary schools in Jefferson County, Denver and San Jose, Calif.; and teacher in Denver Public Schools.

Griego’s husband, Albert Aguayo, earned a bachelor’s degree and doctorate from CU-Boulder; they have three children and six grandchildren. She enjoys photography, travel, yoga and genealogy.

“My late father fought in North Africa, Sicily and Germany during World War II. He was one of the first soldiers to arrive at the infamous concentration camp Dachau,” she says. “My mother, who turned 90 on Tuesday, is immensely proud of my being appointed to the board.

“Life is good! There is no other country in the world that would have provided me with so many opportunities and challenges.”

 

 


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