Linda Bunnell Shade
Biographical Sketch

Linda Bunnell Shade served the College Board as Senior Vice President for Higher Education in 2001 and 2002. In this position she was responsible for $170 million in revenue of the $320 million not-for-profit organization whose products and services include the SAT and other examinations used throughout the world. She was instrumental in leading the changes to the SAT so that it encourages the preparation needed to succeed in college and in life.

Prior to joining the College Board, Bunnell Shade, served as Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for eight years. CU-Colorado Springs is a pivotal campus of the University of Colorado, the state's flagship system, which today enrolls almost 50,000 students and has an annual budget of approximately $2 billion. Governed by a nine-member Board of Regents, the system is committed to teaching, research, and service both to the state of Colorado and to the nation. It houses the state's only medical school and the only public law school.

The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs is located in Colorado's second largest city with a population of half a million people. The city is known for its ability to attract high-technology industries. It is also home to several major military installations and numerous subcontractors. All rely on the university to provide a well-educated workforce.

Under Bunnell Shade's leadership, the campus emerged from an enrollment decline and a $2 million deficit in 1993 to become what The Denver Post described in l998 as "a campus on the move." The campus was transformed in 1996 from a commuter to a residential campus, a change which required approval both of the state coordinating board and the Colorado Legislature as well as the support of the Regents for a $25 million bond issue. The first new building on campus in a decade was approved in l994. Others followed rapidly, with the campus more than doubling in size in space available for teaching and learning by 2001.

CU-Colorado Springs has been the fastest growing university in the state since 1997. The Student Success Initiative which began in l994 led to a 59% increase in the enrollment of students from racial and ethnic minorities. Retention and graduation rates improved for all students. The campus gained a health sciences curriculum and clinic through a voter-approved merger of the municipally owned Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences in l997. Programs meeting the needs of the state and region were added including a doctorate in Computer Engineering. State funding per student increased by 26% by 2001.

A strategic fundraising effort brought a seven-fold increase in private dollars flowing to the campus. External funds came from many sources including a $1.5 million private investment in a distance MBA and a $5 million gift from El Pomar Foundation. Efforts to bring federal dollars have recently resulted in a $5 million allocation. The number of individual donors to the campus increased by 45% between l993 and 2001. The Economic Development Corporation of Colorado Springs recognized Dr. Bunnell Shade Community Leader of the Year for 2001.

Bunnell Shade is a fourth-generation Texan. She earned her B.A. at Baylor University and her Ph.D. and Master's degrees in English Literature at CU Boulder where she was a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow and a University Fellow. She has served on the community board of Wells Fargo Bank, the boards of both the Fine Arts Center and the American Composer's Forum as well as the Small Business Development Center. Baylor University designated her as a Distinguished Alumna in l995. She is a football fan and an avid reader. She sees student life through the eyes of her three godchildren-Andrew, Jon, and Allison.

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