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Metro State Foundation Announces New Board Members

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: September 6, 2011

(Denver, Colo.) — Four new members have joined Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Foundation Board of Directors. The new members, serving three-year terms, officially join the board during their first meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
“The totality of expertise from the new and existing board members will help us to take key College’s initiatives to the next level,” said Vice President for Advancement and External Relations, and Foundation Executive Director Carrie Besnette Hauser, also an ex officio member of the board. “Add to that their passion for the mission of the College, and I know the board will continue to positively impact Metro State now and for years to come.”
Below are brief profiles of the new board members.
David Fine is a partner in the law firm McKenna, Long & Aldridge, where he specializes in government affairs, public policy, political law and litigation. He most recently served as Denver City Attorney, having been appointed by now-Governor John Hickenlooper. He graduated cum laude from Northwestern University Law School and with distinction from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s in history. Fine has served on the boards for Habitat for Humanity Colorado and the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, and on the executive committee of the Colorado Lawyers Committee.
Jim Mulligan is a partner at Snell & Wilmer where his focus is single and mixed-use real estate developments, public/private partnerships, government relations, affordable housing and sustainable community governance. He has been appointed special deputy attorney general representing the Colorado Division of Housing in finance transactions. In March 2011, he was named one of Law Week Colorado’s 10 Lawyers of the Decade. Mulligan graduated from the University of Denver College of Law and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a bachelor’s in English and has served on boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Metro Denver Economic Development Corp, Aurora Economic Development Council, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Inc.
Phil Rivard is the central regional vice president for Waste Connections of Colorado, an integrated solid waste services company that serves more than one million residential, commercial and industrial customers from a network of operations in 23 states. The company also provides intermodal services for the movement of containers in the Pacific Northwest. Rivard has been a celebrity waiter for the Concert for Kids fundraisers. He graduated from Metro State in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Thomas B. Romer is a shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s corporate and securities group. With a predominantly corporate transactional practice, he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities, finance and business formation. He was previously a partner at Baker Hostetler. Romer is a member of the National Western Stock Show Association and serves on the development committee for the Denver Art Museum Board of Trustees. He graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law and Tufts University with a bachelor’s in political science.


About Metropolitan State College of Denver Foundation Inc.
Incorporated in 1965, the Foundation was created exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes to benefit the College and its students. Its mission is to promote the development and general welfare of the College by receiving, investing and administering private support. The Foundation is a nonprofit, direct-support corporation.
About Metropolitan State College of Denver
With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting, teacher education and social work. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts more than 70,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.