Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Irene C. Griego today, Nov.
18, to fill the vacancy on the University of Colorado Board of Regents created
by the resignation of Monisha Merchant.
Griego, a Democrat, is the director for the office of diversity and
inclusion and the interim community superintendent for the Jefferson County Public Schools.
She has 38 years of experience as a teacher, school principal, community
superintendent and university instructor.
Griego worked as a community superintendent in Jeffco Public
School from 2000 to 2010. She was responsible for general administration and
supervision of schools, instructional and administrative staff in 37 K-12
schools in Arvada, Golden, Jefferson and Wheat Ridge. Prior to the superintendent
position, Griego worked as part-time faculty at the University of Colorado
Denver, 1997-2000, and as the program coordinator and part-time faculty for
the Teachers for Colorado Program at Metropolitan State College of Denver,
1993-1995, and as a teacher and principal in several schools.
Griego earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of
Colorado, a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a
doctorate from the University of Colorado Denver.
Griego will hold office until the next general election in
2012 and until a successor is elected. She told Boulder Weekly that she intends to run for election at that time.
“I really believe in collaboration and inclusion,” she said in a phone interview.