Sue Sharkey is currently serving her first term on The University of Colorado’s Board of Regents. She was elected to represent Colorado’s 4th Congressional District in 2010, and she is seeking re-election for a second term. Sharkey has served in various leadership roles as a Regent. She was elected Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents in FY 2013, and re-elected FY 2014. In addition, she currently chairs the Academic Affairs committee. She chaired and currently serves on the Capital Construction sub-committee, chaired the Awards committee, serves on the Strategic Planning committee, served on the Laws & Policy committee, Inter-Collegiate Athletic committee, and chaired the Social Climate Survey committee. She also serves as the Regent representative to the CU Foundation Board of Directors.
Sharkey has long been involved in leadership and business in Colorado. She is the mother of three adult children, two of whom graduated from The University of Colorado, and one from The University of Northern Colorado. Sharkey’s husband David is also an alumni of CU Boulder. They are a proud CU family, and look forward to the day their six grandchildren will walk CU’s campus as students.
In 2012 Sharkey was instrumental in getting House Bill 1350 passed, which extends resident student tuition to active duty military personnel and their dependents pursuing their education at CU. Sharkey initiated this by initiating a Resolution to the Board of Regents with a statement of support, following a request to the legislature to bring forward a Bill to implement this into law.
Sharkey was also instrumental in bringing forth a Resolution to the Board of Regents that added to the university’s non-discrimination policy a statement that does not allow discrimination based upon an individual’s political philosophy or political affiliation. This achievement was recognized by The David Horowitz Freedom Center where Sharkey was honored with The Annie Taylor award.
Sharkey has been a resident of the 4th Congressional District for nearly twenty years, and has dedicated her time and energy to public service. Her past leadership roles include President to the Larimer County Republican Women. She served on the Larimer County Republican Party’s executive committee, was the Larimer County co-chair for the Women’s Coalition, Larimer County CORE/Placement board. She served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2004, 2008, and 2012. Sharkey was also elected by her fellow delegates to serve on the National Republican Party Platform committee. She was chosen to participate in the Leadership Program of the Rockies, which develops, strengthens and trains emerging leaders. She has recently been selected to participate in LPR’s newest program “Training the Trainers”.
Raised in a military family, Sharkey has lived both overseas and across the country, but considers Colorado her home. After her father’s military career he became a small business owner where Sharkey learned the family business and enjoyed the opportunity to work alongside her parents. When the business was sold, she went on to work at the El Paso County District Attorney’s office. She later embraced the world of marketing and public relations in banking.