Colorado University Regents

Irene Griego | Vice-Chair, 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.

Michael Carrigan | 1st Congressional District

University of Colorado Regent Michael Carrigan is a Colorado native, a civic leader, a proud CU alumnus, and a recognized attorney who practices with the well-respected Denver law firm of Holland & Hart. A Democrat, Carrigan has served on the CU Board of Regents since 2004, and represents Colorado’s 1st Congressional District. In 2010, he was re-elected to a second six-year term and is the senior Democrat on the Board of Regents.

In June 2012, Carrigan’s fellow Board members voted to elect him chair, the first Democrat to hold that position in more than 10 years.   As chair of the Board, Carrigan makes all major appointments, presides over meetings and leads the Board in its oversight over CU’s $3 billion budget.  He graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame in 1990, and from the University of Colorado Law School in 1994.

After six years of experience as a prosecutor, Carrigan currently is a senior litigator and partner at Holland & Hart. His civic leadership includes time spent as a volunteer teacher at an inner-city high school in the Bronx, N.Y., and as a volunteer worker at a community center in La Paz, Bolivia. He also has served two of Colorado’s largest charities, serving on the Easter Seals Colorado board of directors and working with the Latin American Research and Service Agency.

In 2007, Carrigan received the prestigious Richard Marden Davis Award for his professional and civic contributions. The annual award recognizes a Denver attorney under the age of 40 who has combined excellence as a lawyer with civic, cultural, educational and charitable leadership. It is sponsored by the Davis Graham & Stubbs law firm, the Denver Bar Foundation and the Davis family.  

Carrigan will serve until January 2017.  

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.


Shoemaker's first term will end in 2021.

Stephen C. Ludwig | At Large

University of Colorado Regent Stephen C. Ludwig is an experienced, recognized Colorado communicator, a successful entrepreneur, a higher education advocate, a civic leader, and a proud CU alumnus who has worked in broadcast journalism, public relations, marketing and corporatestrategic communications for the past two decades.

In 2006, Ludwig won a statewide election for an at-large seat on the CU Board of Regents, a volunteer position representing the entire state of Colorado. As a regent he helps oversee a three-campus system with a $2.4 billion annual budget. Currently, he serves as vice chair of the board, and on the awards and strategic planning committees. A Democrat, Ludwig’s second consecutive six-year term will end in 2019.