President’s Office: Greg Salsbury, Ph.D.



Western Colorado University educates academically minded students with a taste for adventure in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. If you are looking for a distinguished institution set in a close-knit community, look no further.

Our dedicated professors ensure you’ll graduate with a deep understanding of your subject, prepared to enter the working world and contribute meaningful work to your field.

Greg Salsbury

Take, for example, alumna Lindsey Yoast '15, who works as a data scientist for Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a higher education consulting firm, where she applies her Computer Science and Mathematics double major by creating predictive models and developing new products for colleges and universities. She’s also the youngest sitting board member for The University of Iowa Tippie College of Business.

And consider Ryan Ivas '06, who studied Business Administration and Computer Science. Since graduation, he has held roles as a Microsoft consultant, systems engineer, systems administrator and security engineer. Currently, he is the manager of Infrastructure Security at Ping Identity Corporation.

Western offers an intimate, customized educational experience on a campus of approximately 3,000 students. Seventy-five percent of our faculty hold the highest degrees available in their fields of study. With an average class size of 18, our students and professors tend to know each other on a first-name basis.

Three key attributes define the Western experience: our academic rigor, our customized approach to each student and our environment. Exercise & Sport Science student Ali Wolpern works side by side with Dr. Lance Dalleck to conduct research on athletes in Western's High Altitude Performance Laboratory. She has constant access to Dalleck as he helps customize her education and provides feedback along the way. That special bond also exists between students. Mountaineers leave Western with a huge family of close friends they develop as part of our robust and diverse student life. With more than 50 clubs and organizations on campus, Western students don't have to compete with throngs of others to be officers in student government, host a show on the campus radio station or travel to New York to represent Western in the National Model United Nations.

Western students learn in a hands-on environment where academics are enhanced by our Rocky Mountain location and small classes. Whether they're heading into the field to study Petroleum Geology, interning at Crested Butte Mountain Resort or building a business plan for a local retailer, Western's one-of-a-kind location is a huge plus.

I hope your visit to this website will begin a serious investigation of all we have to offer. To learn more about Western, visit the Admissions section of or email Of course, the best way to learn about Western is to visit us here in Gunnison. When you visit our campus, I hope you and your family will come by my office in Taylor Hall and say hello.

If we can answer questions you have, or if you have suggestions about how we can improve, please contact me personally.

Dr. Gregory B. Salsbury
President, Western Colorado University