The State Board of Land Commissioners is a five person citizen group representing education, agriculture, local government and natural resources, plus one citizen-at-large commissioner. Appointed by the Governor and approved by the Colorado Senate, board members serve four year terms, with no more than three members from one political party.
Buck Blessing, President/Citizen-at-Large: Buck founded Griffis/Blessing, Inc., a real estate investment and management firm, in Colorado Springs in 1985. Buck is active in the Colorado community and is a Director of UMB Bank and a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Some of his past involvement includes Chairman of the Colorado Real Estate Commission, Chairman of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Chairman of of the Pikes Peak Region Better Business Bureau, President of the Downtown Partnership, Chairman of the Community Development Advisory Board, and Chairman of the Colorado College Business and Community Alliance. Other recognitions include: Chamber of Commerce "Small Business Person of the Year," and Colorado Business Journal's 'Colorado Climbers' recognizing "40 New Leaders 40 and Under." He was selected to serve on the Colorado Board of Land Commissioners in August 2009. Term Expires: 2013
Michele ("Mike") Bloom, Board Vice-Chair/Education: Mike is Dean Emeritus of the Women's College of the University of Denver. She is an educator with over 40 years of experience in higher education and K-12 public education. Mike has served on a number of Advisory Committees and Boards of Directors including the Mental Health Association of Colorado, Girls Count, Colorado Springs Public Schools, the Denver Foundation, and the Rose Foundation. Mike and her husband Steve have lived in Colorado for almost 40 years. She is an avid birder and has traveled extensively throughout Colorado, the U.S. and 22 foreign countries to watch and study birds and their natural habitats. They share their love of the natural world and a commitment to conservation with their three sons and three grandsons. She was selected to serve on the Colorado Board of Land Commissioners in September 2007. Term Expires: 2015
Gary Butterworth, Natural Resources: Gary is a senior vice president at El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs, and oversees operations of the Penrose House Nonprofit Conference and Education Center in addition to directing El Pomar's Fellowship Program, a post-undergraduate leadership and professional development program. Having recently served as chair of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission during the merger of State Parks and the Division of Wildlife, Gary has extensive experience in working with key stakeholders and citizens on challenging land management issues. He has also been very involved with several statewide and civic organizations, such as Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc., the Colorado Springs World Arena, and the Air Force Academy Foundation. Gary earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology with a Political Science focus from Yale University and an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Term Expires: 2017
Tom Gray, Local Government: Tom is a Moffat County Commissioner who has lived in Moffat County for 40 years. He was born and raised on a ranch in eastern Colorado, but now operates his own ranch. He has also run an explosive supply company for 20 years. Tom received an award from the Legacy Foundation for outstanding conservation practices ranching on his ranch. He serves on the boards of the Wisconsin Ditch Company, Colorado River Water Conservation District, Yampa/White/Green River Roundtable and NACO. Term Expires: 2015
Robert Bledsoe, Agriculture: Bob is a farmer and rancher from Cheyenne County, who owns and leases over 16,000 acres of farm and ranch land as a part of a third generation family operation. Bob also has extensive experience in the energy industry leasing lands for oil, natural gas, and renewable energy (wind) development, and is currently President of the Colorado Rural Electric Association, Vice-President of the K.C. Electric Association, and on the Board of Directors of Tri-State Generation and Transmission. Bob earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Denver with a Psychology major and minors in Secondary Education and Chemistry. He has also completed the Credentialed Cooperative Director Certification process and also has a Board Leadership Certificate. Term Expires: 2017