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19 Old Town Square Suite 230
Fort Collins, Colorado,80524
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County and City Boards
Director Pingree Park Campus
League of Women Voters
City Council Member
Chair of the Finance Committee
Poudre Fire Authority
Legacy Land Trust
Norlarco Credit Union
Member of the Supervisory Committee
Weld-Larimer Water Users Association
Front Range Sertoma Club
Colorado State University
Colorado State University
College Student Personnel Administration
University of Northern Colorado
Bill Bertschy For Mayor of Fort Collins
For the past 31 years, Bill Bertschy has been employed as the Director of the Pingree Park Campus of Colorado State University.He started the Elderhostel program at Pingree Park and Colorado State in 1983 and also facilitated the sponsorship by Colorado State University and the City of Fort Collins Senior Center of the Front Range Forum.These are both educational programs for older adults.Bill was a co-founder of the annual "Eco Week" program for Poudre School District 6th graders.Bill also has been instrumental in the historic preservation of the Koenig Ranch, part of Pingree Park.Through his efforts, the property has been designated a historic district and has been the recipient of several historic preservation grants to assist in the restoration and preservation of the ranch.First elected to City Council from District 1 in 1997, Bill was re-elected to his second term in 2001.He also has served since 2001 as Mayor Pro Tem.Bill represents the city council as a member of the Poudre Fire Authority, Downtown Development Authority, Poudre River Heritage Alliance, and the Weld-Larimer Water Users Association.For many years, Bill served on Larimer County and Fort Collins Boards including chairing the Larimer County Parks Board and service on the city's Commission on Disability, and Community Development Block Grant Commission.Bill is a member of the Supervisory Committee for NORLARCO Credit Union and is the Treasurer and Board member of the Legacy Land Trust.He previously was a member of Front Range Sertoma Club and served one year as President. Bill has received awards in 1999 from Friends of the Poudre, 2003 Outstanding Community Leader from Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance, and 2003 National League of Cities, University Communities Outstanding Leadership.Bill was invited and participated last year in the first Colorado Mayors delegation to Israel.He has had traveled extensively worldwide and has led University sponsored programs to East Africa and Mexico.He was a conference presenter in 1991 on "Tourism in Small Scale, Environmentally Sensitive Developments" at the First World Congress on Tourism and the Environment held in Belize.Bill received a Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in College Student Personnel Administration.He also received a M.Ed. and B.Sc. from Colorado State University.He belongs to several professional organizations and is an advisor to student organizations.He previously served on the Colorado Association of Public Employees Chapter Board of Directors and the University Administrative Professional Council.Bill moved to Fort Collins in 1967 and has lived in his home on Peterson Street since 1976.He is a native of Colorado and his family's association with Colorado goes back to the 1860's with his great, great grandfather homesteading in the Buena Vista area.Bill Bertschy,Accomplishments
Downtown Development Authority
Bill Bertschy, Professor at Colorado State University and City Council representative to the DDA.
William J. Bertschy, Ph.D.
President William J. Bertschy founded the Mountains and Plains Institute for Lifelong Learning and Service in July of 2008. He retired from Colorado State University on December 31, 2008 having directed the Pingree Park Campus for more than three decades. Bill received a Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in College Student Personnel Administration. He also received a M.ED and BS from Colorado State University. For the past 35 years, Bill was the Director of the Pingree Park Campus of Colorado State University. During his long tenure, in the mid 1970's he helped launch "Eco-Week" an environmental science program for local school district 6th grade students. Bill also initiated Elderhostel Programs at Pingree in 1983. Pingree hosts these older adult programs in chamber music, birding, astronomy, and watercolor painting and many more exciting programs in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Nebraska. As Director, Bill has also worked with thousands of CSU Warner College of Natural Resource Students attending four week summer field sessions at Pingree. The Hourglass Fire in July of 1994 nearly burned the Pingree Park Campus to the ground. Bill spearheaded the rebuilding efforts over a two year period resulting in many new cabins and a new classroom. Anyone visiting Pingree today can see the work Bill put into preservation of the Koenig Homestead Property. Through grants from the Colorado Historical Society, many buildings have been restored and a museum is still in development. Bill served two terms on the Fort Collins City Council and served as Mayor Pro-Tem during his second term. While on Council, he served as the Chair of the University Communities Coalition of the National League of Cities and represented Larimer County on a State Of Colorado Trade mission to Israel in 1999. For many years Bill has also served and continues to serve on County and City Boards and community organizations Boards of Directors. Bill has traveled extensively worldwide. He has led students and others to Mexico and East Africa, most recently completing a service project in Tanzania that provided fresh water to a primary school serving 400 students. Bill has lived in Fort Collins for most of his life. He is a native of the state of Colorado, and his family's association with Colorado goes back to the 1860's when they settled in the Buena Vista area. Ryan Kirkpatrick is the Director of Operations for MPILLS and has worked with Bill since 2003.
Contact - Mountains and Plains Institute - MPILLS
Friends of the Poudre | Poudre River
Current board members are Bill Bertschy (president); Bill Sears (executive director); Kristen Coley; Rob Osborn; and Gary Kimsey.