Kay Norton became the 12th President of the University of Northern Colorado in July 2002. She has lived in Greeley for more than three decades and is a vocal advocate for public higher education and building strong and sustainable university-community relationships.
A graduate of Wellesley College, where she majored in English, and the University of Denver College of Law, she practiced law for over 20 years—as an assistant county attorney, in private practice, and for 16 years at Monfort of Colorado, which later became ConAgra Red Meats.
Kay was appointed to the UNC Board of Trustees in 1995 and served as vice chair until 1998, when she joined the university’s staff as Vice President for University Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. She currently sits on the boards of directors for StarTek Inc., Upstate Colorado Economic Development and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). She has also served on the Systems Transformation Subcommittee of the Governor’s P-20 Council, the University of Denver Issues Panel on Immigration, the AASCU Commission on Presidential Leadership and Global Competitiveness, and the boards of directors for Getsmart Schools and Colorado Compact.