DENVER — Adams State University President Beverlee J. McClure and Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar were among 20 women recognized during Women’s Month by La Voz, a bilingual newspaper published in Denver.
The paper ran a feature, “Celebrating women in Colorado,” in its March 29 edition. The article said, “Today we honor some of Colorado‘s most influential and successful women who have helped shape Colorado. . . . Their limitless hours spent for the betterment of Colorado’s communities is impressive and inspirational.”
The women included the San Luis Valley’s own Marguerite Salazar and Dr. McClure.
Marguerite Salazar was appointed Colorado Insurance Commissioner by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2013. From 2010 to 2013, Salazar served as Regional Director of Region VIII for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to this appointment, she served for more than 20 years as President/CEO of Valley-Wide Health Systems, a large, rural Community Health Center covering 22 counties in Southern Colorado including the Valley and serving more than 40,000 patients through 26 primary health care clinics.
Before becoming Adams State University’s 10th president in 2015, Dr. McClure served for seven years as president and CEO of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI), the statewide chamber of commerce and a policy think tank for business-related issues. Previously, she served as New Mexico’s first cabinet secretary of higher education. She originally came to New Mexico as the president of Clovis Community College, having previously served as provost of the St. Augustine Campus, St. Johns River Community College in St. Augustine, Florida.
Both women continue to make a positive impact on the San Luis Valley, the State of Colorado and beyond.