Two new trustees named to FLC board

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Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday named two new members to Fort Lewis College’s Board of Trustees: Thomas R. Schilling and Ernest House.

Schilling is a familiar face. He served on the board from 2004 to 2008, and was its chairman it in 2008. Schilling currently works as CEO of InterMountain Corporate Affairs in Denver.

Ernest House is new to the board. House is executive secretary of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs. FLC spokesman Mitch Davis said House will be the second Native American to serve as an FLC trustee, with sitting trustee Karen Wilde being the first.

Positions on the nine-member board are not paid.

Davis said terms are usually four years.

Schilling and House will replace chairwoman Heidi Baskfield and Lionel Silva.

Rules governing appointments to FLC’s board say no more than four board members shall be from any one political party and only two should live in Southwest Colorado. Neither Schilling nor House lives locally.

Davis said both hailed from Denver.

“In a general sense, the Board of Trustees is responsible for making all the major decisions for the college, for instance the new master’s program,” Davis said.

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