Colorado University Regents

Jack Kroll

Vice-Chair, 1st Congressional District

John “Jack” Kroll is a proud Denver native and University of Colorado alumnus and is serving the university as a Regent in Congressional District 1. The University of Colorado Denver awarded Jack his bachelor’s degrees in economics and English in 2011. While at CU-Denver, Jack served as Student Body President and then as Chair of the Inter-Campus Student Forum—a position that allowed him to represent all 55,000 students in the University of Colorado System to the University’s Board of Regents.

Linda Shoemaker

2nd Congressional District

University of Colorado Regent Linda Shoemaker has devoted the past 20 years to advancing quality public education in Colorado. A University of Colorado Boulder alumna and former journalist and attorney, she was elected president of the Boulder Valley School District Board of Education and was founding board chair of the Bell Policy Center, a nonprofit think tank committed to making Colorado a state of opportunity for all. She currently serves as president of the Brett Family Foundation, which she co-founded in 2000 with her husband, Steve Brett. The foundation supports Colorado communities by investing in organizations working for social justice, developing nonprofit media, and addressing the needs of disadvantaged teens in Boulder County.

Irene Griego

Congressional District 7

University of Colorado Regent Irene Griego is a lifelong resident of Colorado whose career in public education took root with degrees from CU. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Colorado Boulder and a doctorate in school administration from the University of Colorado Denver, as well as a master’s in educational administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

Griego, a Democrat, was sworn in as a regent in December 2011 after being appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to represent the 7th Congressional District. The seat formerly was held by Regent Monisha Merchant, who resigned in September 2011; Griego’s was reelected in 2012 and began a new term that will continue through 2015.

Lesley Smith

At Large

University of Colorado Regent Lesley Smith spent nearly 30 years as a scientist and educator at CU; she has a son who now attends CU Boulder.

Smith graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara, then earned a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland. While writing her dissertation, she became the first woman aquanaut in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s underwater research habitat, Aquarius. Only a few women worked at the University of Maryland’s marine labs, and Smith was the only one selected to join the aquanaut team, where she lived underwater and conducted research on coral reefs for a week. As a community leader, Smith in 2005 won election to the Boulder Valley School Board, on which she served for eight years.

Smith and her husband, Michael, live in Boulder, where they raised two now-grown children.