Liberal Arts Development Council

Liberal Arts Development Council

The Liberal Arts Development Council was established in 2008 assist the College in reaching its long-term development goals. LADC members serve as advocates for the College of Liberal Arts by providing feedback on campaign and College initiatives, engaging alumni and friends of the Liberal Arts, and supporting campaign goals through personal contributions and cultivating gifts.

Members of the LADC serve for three years at a time and can serve a total of two terms. The group meets a minimum of three times a year to discuss campaign commitment, review policies and outreach of the College, and address how best to advocate for the College of Liberal Arts.


Campaign Leadership

A Liberal Arts Development Council (LADC) was created in 2008 to support the College in realizing its long-term development goals. The group meets several times a year.

Volunteer Responsibilities / Commitment

  • Make a pacesetting campaign gift commitment that will show leadership as well as an annual gift to the College. Challenge others to make stretch gifts.
  • Participate in cultivating and soliciting other leadership and major campaign gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations by attending meetings with College personnel.
  • There will be a minimum of three meetings per year (spring, fall and winter). Of the three annual meetings, members are required to attend a minimum of one in person. If unable to attend the others in person, it is strongly encouraged to attend by video conference (skype or other means possible).
  • Serve on the committee for three years. Members may serve one additional term.
  • Participate in the selection of the annual Advancement Award winner (typically reviewed at the winter meeting).
  • Review and give feedback on all campaign materials and policies as well as other outreach and marketing efforts of the College.
  • Attend College and University campaign events when possible.
  • Advocate for the College of Liberal Arts.

Should personal circumstances change during a committee member's three year appointment preventing them from fulfilling their volunteer commitment outlined above, there is no obligation to continue serving on the LADC. If such circumstances arise, the Dean and Chair of the Council will find a replacement.


John Blair

Colorado State Univeristy College of Liberal Arts Development Council member John Blair

John Blair, Jr. is a Colorado native and earned a BA in Social Sciences from Colorado State University in 1974. He studied Trust Administration at the National Graduate Trust School, and graduated with honors in 1983. He has more than 30 years experience in Trust Administration and currently serves as Vice President and Trust Officer of Home State Bank in Loveland, CO. He is deeply invested in the community, and has served in leadership roles for OpenStage Theater & Company, Inc., Pathways Hospice, Respite Care, and the CSU Planned Giving Advisory Council. His wife, Anne, also a CSU graduate ('76), studied Housing and Design.

Linda Brooks Cates

Colorado State Univeristy College of Liberal Arts Development Council member Linda Cates

Linda Brooks Cates arrived on the Colorado State University campus in the fall of 1967, a 21-year-old junior, who was married with an 18-month old baby to support. The Communications Studies department, known as the Speech Department back then, immediately became a pseudo-family for Linda and a source of intellectual stimulation. Having to work to put herself through college, and raise a child, Linda was a dedicated student who could only attend college part time. She graduated with her BA in 1970, and then became a graduate teaching assistant while earning her master's degree with an emphasis in both rhetoric and radio and television in 1972. Linda created the Linda Cates Scholarship in 2010 and joined the Liberal Arts Development Council in 2011 to "pay it forward" to future Communications Studies majors on behalf of all the professors and other students who helped her when she needed it.

Loren Crabtree

College of Liberal Arts Development Board October 1, 2011

Loren Crabtree is a veteran of higher education. He served as the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University from 1991-1997, CSU Provost from 1997-2001, and Chancellor of the University of Tennessee from 2001-2008. An expert on 20th century Chinese history and U.S.-China Relations, Loren has served as Senior Fellow at the Institute for Shipboard Education and as Executive Dean on three Semester at Sea global voyages. He is married to Monica S. Christen and has three children, two of whom graduated from CSU.

Dennis Graham

Colorado State Univeristy College of Liberal Arts Development Council member Dennis Graham

Dennis Graham began his involvement with CSU as an undergraduate student in the teachings of Philosophy. After his graduation in 1968, Graham continued his higher education at the University of Nebraska, earning his Juris Doctorate with distinction in 1975. Judge Graham was admitted to the bar in 1975. He's also a member of the bar of the State of Wyoming. From 1975-1976, Judge Graham served as law clerk for Hon. Robert H. McWilliams at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. From 1976 to 2002, he practiced complex commercial law with an emphasis in securities. He was appointed to the Court of Appeals while working as a shareholder and director of the law firm Krys, Boyle, P.C. Presently, Judge Graham serves on the Colorado Court of Appeals, to which he was appointed on July 1, 2002. He was sworn-in on September 6, 2002. He was retained by voters in 2004 and 2012 to a full eight-year term that ends on January 8, 2021.

Phil Hewes (Co-chair)

hewesphilPhil Hewes, a 1974 graduate of the College Liberal Arts at Colorado State University, is an experienced business lawyer/executive and former chief legal counsel of global organizations within the telecommunication-manufacturing sector, and the technology services/leasing industry. He currently advises venture-financing, multi-media, leasing/financial services, technology-consulting, telecommunications, and other emerging and established technology organizations.

Gene Lang

langgeneEugene A. Lang, Jr. graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colorado State University with a Political Science PhD in 1975. Mr. Lang went on to earn a law degree from the University of Wyoming in 1978. Since that time he has practiced law emphasizing natural resources law. He currently practices in Denver. His community activities include service on the board of directors of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Colorado.

Marie Livingston

livingstonmarieMarie Livingston is Professor Emerita of Economics at the University of Northern Colorado and Instructor at Colorado State University. She came to Fort Collins in 1979 to work for the Economic Research Service, U.S.D.A. and was the second female to earn a Ph.D. in Economics at CSU. While at UNC, she served as Director of several interdisciplinary programs including the University Honors Program, International Trade and Relations and UNC's Life of the Mind Program. With specializations in water resource economics, institutional change, and transition economies, she has worked extensively in Central Europe since 1989. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Frankfurt, and University of Madrid. In 2009 she served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at Charles University in Prague and her most recent international experience has been to teach at Foreign Trade University in Vietnam. At CSU in Fort Collins, she has chosen to take on the ultimate challenge of teaching economics to non-majors.

Bryan Morgan

morganbryanBryan Morgan is a founding partner in the Denver-based law firm of Haddon, Morgan and Foreman. He serves on the boards of a number of foundations and charitable organizations, including the Colorado Audubon Society, the Sonoran Institute, and the Yellowstone Association, and has formerly served on the Colorado Music Festival, the Boulder Public Library Endowment, and the Colorado Commission of Higher Education boards. Bryan is the son of former CSU President William E. Morgan (1949-1968) and he and his wife, Axson, live in Boulder, Colorado.

Kellie Sponberg

sponbergkellieKellie Sponberg received her Bachelor’s degree from CSU in Technical Journalism in 1992. She has owned retail stores in Estes Park, Vail and Fort Collins and was active on the Poudre School District Literacy Council, Children’s Theater Board and several academic advisory boards while her children were young. Kellie also served as a domestic abuse counselor with Crossroads Safehouse and an in-classroom instructor with TEAM Fort Collins. Currently she is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the 8th Judicial District, working with children in the court system in Larimer and Jackson Counties. Kellie also sits on the CASA Board of Directors. She is certified as an ESL instructor and has traveled extensively. She is involved in a wide range of activities with CSU, and is a member of the Great Conversations Steering Committee. Kellie and her husband, Steve, have four adult children and live in Windsor, Colorado.