I had the opportunity to attend the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission hearing on Tuesday concerning the complaint filed against Fort Lewis College President Dene Thomas. I want to offer a couple of firsthand insights into that proceeding.
Commissioner Bill Leone summed it up best when he pointed out that the facts of the case clearly showed that no violation had occurred and that the complaint was asking the commission to speculate on accusations for which there was no evidence. It was satisfying to watch the commission deliberate and see how unanimous the commissioners were in their support of Thomas. Sen. Bob Bacon, a member of the Commission, even praised FLC and the president for her outreach efforts, calling Thomas and the college a model for other schools to follow.
The ethics complaint was a distraction, but now it is in the past. I was pleased and gratified by the outpouring of support I saw for the college and Thomas during the last few months.
Editor’s note: Mitch Davis is in charge of public relations and a member of the president’s Cabinet at Fort Lewis College.