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Jeffco schools official appointed to CU Board of Regents

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By Emile Hallez

Gov. John Hickelooper on Nov. 18 appointed a high-level Jeffco Public Schools employee to the University of Colorado Board of Regents.
Office of Diversity and Inclusion director Irene Griego, a former community superintendent, was tapped to fill a vacancy on the CU board created by Monisha Merchant’s departure. Griego will remain in the office until at least next year’s general election in November, when a successor for the final two years of the six-year term will be selected in Congressional District 7.
Griego, who the governor’s office said has 38 years of experience in education, has worked for Jeffco Public Schools since 1989. She worked as a community superintendent from 2000 to 2010 before taking her current position in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Merchant’s departure represents the first vacancy on the board since 1976, when former regent James Carrigan received an appointment to the state Supreme Court, the school stated.
Merchant, a Lakewood Democrat who was elected in 2008, resigned from the board after accepting a position as senior adviser for business affairs for U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.

Contact Emile Hallez at emile@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22. For updates, check www.ColumbineCourier.com.