Application for Legislative Commission for Pamalyn Kay Norton

Contact Information

Full Name

Pamalyn Kay Norton

Other Names
P. Kay Norton; Kay Norton

Party Affiliation



Retired (July 2018) President Emerita of the University of Northern Colorado

Educational Background

B.A., Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts; J.D. University of Denver

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Professional Background

During my tenure as UNC president (2002-2018), I was the public face of, and primary advocate for, the interests of this public university as a gateway to a full, productive life for our graduates. My primary contact points with the General Assembly were through the Department of Higher Education/Commission on Higher Education processes advising the legislature, as well as occasional meetings with legislators and committees about higher education policy, reform, restructuring, and, of course, funding.

Past Political Activity

I have donated to the 2020 U.S. Senate campaign of Cory Gardner.

List of Political and Civic Organizations belonged to

Affiliate member of Colorado Chapter of National Association of Corporate Directors; member of Big Sky Athletic Conference board of presidents; member of NCAA Division I Presidential Advisory Group; member of NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions; member Greeley Rotary Club


I am deeply committed to public service in Colorado, and I have the time, and I believe the perspective, to contribute to the new process for redistricting. I supported the new process with my vote, and am willing to devote the time to seeing it a success.

Statement on Working with Consensus

My years as a higher education leader were grounded in the necessity to promote consensus, a fundamental principle of the higher education shared governance process. Effective leadership of a university requires the opposite of partisanship or doctrinal rigidity. The opportunity to overcome the long, negative history of gerrymandering is appealing to me.

Relevant Analytic Skills for Commission

See above about my experience as UNC president. In addition, I spent a quarter century as an attorney, mostly in an in-house corporate setting. The practice of law is based upon the application of logic and reason to the process of advocacy or, in the case of a judicial function, to the decision process.


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