Tim Foster has served as the tenth president of Mesa State College since March 2004, when he was appointed by the Mesa State College Board of Trustees.
As a member of Governor Bill Owens' cabinet, Tim served as the executive director for the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. He was initially appointed to the position by Governor Owens in 1999 and reappointed in 2003. Tim also served as head of the Department of Higher Education, which includes the Colorado Historical Society and the Colorado Council on the Arts, and served on the boards of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, the Denver Chamber of Commerce and its Committee on Science and Technology.
Prior to directing the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Tim was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1988 and served as the Majority Leader from 1993 to 1996. He received numerous awards from diverse groups such as the Sierra Club, Ducks Unlimited, the Iron Skillet award from the Colorado Restaurant Association, and the Guardian Award from the National Federation of Independent Business. During that time, Tim was also a partner in the general practice law firm of Foster, Larson, Laiche and Griff in Grand Junction.
A Grand Junction native, his numerous community activities include service on the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association, the Board of Powderhorn Ski Area and as chairman of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the chamber board.
Tim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with honors from Kenyon College in 1980. He completed graduate coursework for a master's degree in mineral economics at the Colorado School of Mines from 1982 to 1984. Tim also earned a J.D. degree from the University of Denver's College of Law in 1984.