November 15th, 2014 | APSF-admin
Alumnus: Bill Ritter
High School: Gateway
Year of Graduation: 1974
Post High School Path: Bachelors, Political Science—Colorado State University, 1978
Juris Doctorate, University of Colorado Law School, 1981
Occupation: Former Colorado State Governor, Director of the Center for the New
Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University
Bill Ritter is the sixth of 12 children and was raised on a small farm in Arapahoe County. He was a member of the first graduating class of Gateway High School. Ritter was elected Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006 — the first Colorado-born governor in more than 35 years. Ritter led Colorado forward by bringing people together to tackle some of our state’s biggest challenges. During his 4 year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in renewable energy by building a New Energy Economy that is creating thousands of new jobs and establishing hundreds of new companies; enacted an aggressive business-development and job-creation agenda that is focused on knowledge-based industries of the future, such as energy, aerospace, biosciences, information technology and tourism; initiated sweeping K-12 education reforms to give Colorado children the skills and knowledge they need to compete and succeed in a 21st century global economy; and, improved access to quality and affordable health care for many of the 800,000 Coloradans who lack health coverage.
Mr. Ritter was recognized at the APSEF first annual gala in 2012. He credited his mother, Ethel Ritter, who raised 12 children within the APS system almost entirely on her own.