Retired CMU president wins citizenship medal

Tim Foster

Tim Foster, former president of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, is among the latest winners of the Governor’s Citizenship Medals.

The eight recipients of the medals will be honored in January as part of Colorado Leadership Month. CiviCo, a nonprofit that cultivates civic-minded leaders, bestows the medals to honor individuals and organizations for their contributions across the state.

“These civic-minded leaders put Colorado on the map for how individuals and organizations work toward moving our state forward in innovative ways,” said Colorado Gov. Jared Polis. “The Governor’s Citizenship Medal rewards excellence and tried-and-true dedication to giving back and making our community stronger. I am honored to select and recognize these outstanding trailblazers who are paving the way for leaders in our state and across the nation to follow in their footsteps.”

Foster received the public and community service award. Foster retired earlier this as president of CMU. During his17-year tenure, student enrollment, the number of certificates and degrees awarded and square footage of academic space on the Grand Junction campus all doubled.

He previously served as executive director of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. He also served in the Colorado House of Representatives and worked as a partner in a private law practice in Grand Junction.