Jim Bradeen

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Role: Associate Vice President for Spur Strategy and Professor of Agricultural Biology, CSU Fort Collins

How are you connected to Spur?

I coordinate, support and grow Spur’s educational, research, and programing originating from the CSU campus in Fort Collins. I also work closely with CSU Spur leadership, the CSU System office, and with external stakeholders in the Denver metro and across the state of Colorado.

When did you get involved with Spur and why is it important to you?

I joined CSU and CSU Spur in April of 2022. I joined this amazing team because I believe in what Spur stands for: life changing educational opportunities and world changing research accessible to EVERYONE. Spur is something big and new that is built on our bedrock institutional commitment to the land grant promise. No other university is addressing the wicked challenges we collectively face in quite this way. And I want to do everything in my power to help it thrive.

What outcomes have you seen or do you expect from work at Spur?

CSU Spur is very much in a “start up” phase and we are likely to see many grand impacts in the near future. I expect the Spur educational portfolio to grow, providing “K to Gray” educational opportunities including K-12, CSU degree programs and classes, certificate programs and upskilling opportunities, and educational programs for tourists, alumni, and other lifelong learners. Spur will also grow to be a trusted community partner providing new educational pathways and fostering research opportunities for industry engagement.

What would you like others to know about Spur?

CSU Spur has to be seen to be believed! While many institutions have big ideas to address our global challenges, the CSU System has made it happen. Every visit to Spur will be unique and you will learn something each and every time you visit.

BIDTAH BECKER

Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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