The Ins and Outs of Public-Private Partnerships: CO Mtn College’s Chip Thomas Says P3s Are Major Priority for Smaller Schools in Need of Housing

DENVER, CO -- Dr. Chip Thomas currently serves as the Interim Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, and previously was the Director of Student Life & Housing, at Colorado Mountain College. He has been in the student affairs profession for over twenty five years in a wide variety of roles. Dr. Thomas has been a part of $133M in construction projects with a majority being residence halls of traditional, suite style, and apartment buildings, and also had a hand in designing student and recreation centers. He is currently the President-Elect for AIMHO, the regional housing organization for college and universities that spans eight states and one Canadian providence. Chip will be a featured speaker at CAPRE's Mountain West Student Housing Forum in August, where he will participate in a session titled "Exploring the Ins and Outs of Public-Private Partnerships Between Academic Institutions and Third-Party Developers." In anticipation of the Forum, we connected with Chip to learn about why these partnerships are so critical for some colleges. CAPRE: Thanks for chatting with us today Chip. Tell our readers a bit about what you do and your career in the student housing space. Thomas: Well as of right now, I’m doing something a little bit different. As of February, I’m the Interim Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle, Colorado. I took that opportunity because it was something new and different than housing, but I still have my hands in our…