Brad Baca became the Interim President of Western State Colorado University in July 2013. He joined Western in 2002 as vice president for Finance and Administration. In 2012, he was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Baca holds a B.A. degree in Government from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. He also earned an MA in Public Policy from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
During his time at Western, Baca has been instrumental in re-establishing financial stability to the university. He has guided Western’s finances as the university’s education and general fund went from a negative balance to more than $5 million in reserves. He has also overseen more than $128 million in construction and maintenance on campus, including the renovation of academic buildings, the construction of the University Center and much more.
Before joining Western, Baca served more than three years as director of budgets for the Colorado Community College System. He also served as a budget and policy analyst on the staff of former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer.
Baca lives in Gunnison with his wife and two sons. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time with his family mountain biking, skiing, camping and bow hunting.