Our Leadership

Western follows the model of shared governance, which includes the Board of Trustees, administration and faculty in decision-making and university strategy. The three branches of Western’s leadership, along with community members, guide the university’s Strategic Plan.


Greg Salsbury holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in Communication Management from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, an M.A. in Communication from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Speech Communication and Psychology from Southern Illinois University.

Faculty Senate Chair

Bradford Burton, Associate Professor of Geology and Rady Chair in Petroleum Geology. Ph.D. University of Wyoming, MSc. Idaho State University, BSc. Montana State University.

Board of Trustees Chair

Chris Blees currently serves as President and CEO of BiggsKofford Certified Public Accountants and BiggsKofford Capital Investment Bank, both located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Chris began his career with BiggsKofford in 1994 after graduating from Western State College of Colorado, and quickly became a Partner in the CPA firm in 1999, at the age of 28. In 2003, Chris expanded the firm beyond traditional CPA services and launched the firm’s M&A and Investment Banking practice, now operating as BiggsKofford Capital. Chris contributes to the national M&A community through his service on the Board of Advisors for the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors, where he chairs the Certification Committee. In Colorado, Chris remains active in many professional organizations, including serving as Treasurer for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance (Chamber), sits on the boards of the UCCS Chancellor’s Leadership Council, the Alliance of M&A Advisors, and is co-founder of High Altitude Angel Investors Club. He is a member of the Association of Corporate Growth, Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries, AICPA, and the Colorado Society of CPAs.