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Tuesday Churn: Hick appointments

What’s churning:

Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed Theresa Peña, a former member of the Denver school board, to the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education. Peña is the current head of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s Denver Education Compact.

The governor also reappointed Bernadette Marquez, wife of Denver Scholarship Foundation funder Tim Marquez, to a seat on the community colleges board.

In other education-related appointments, Hickenlooper has appointed Donahue Quashe of Colorado Springs to the Charter School Institute Board and Tracey Lovett of Denver, Richard Maestas of Aurora and Cliff Richardson of Lakewood to the Current Enrollment Advisory Board, which establishes guidelines for the ASCENT concurrent enrollment program.

Hickenlooper also made two new appointments to the Metro State board of trustees, John Poggee and Walter Isenberg. He reappointed three members, Dawn Bookhardt, Bob Cohen and Melody Harris.

He also reappointed two Western State College trustees, George Delaney and Linda Morton.

The appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

What’s on tap:

The Colorado State University Board of Governors opens a three-day retreat and regular meeting in Pueblo. Committee sessions are scheduled Wednesday, with a full board meeting Thursday. Agenda

Aurora school board members meet at 5 p.m. for a closed session on employee negotiations and convene in public at 6 p.m. The agenda includes an update on the 2012-13 budget. The meeting is at the district’s educational services center, 1085 Peoria St.

Precious little is pending at the Capitol, where members are expected to bug out after brief floor sessions so they can get back to their districts in time for precinct caucuses.

The EdNews’ Churn is a daily roundup of briefs, notes and meetings in the world of Colorado education. To submit an item for consideration in this listing, please email us at

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