Chief Executive Officer
303-556-3291 • Barb.Weiske@ahec.edu
As a professional in the higher education setting, Barbara Weiske has more than 30 years of experience providing collective services, facilities, and land for the Auraria Campus. Serving as the Agency Chief Executive Officer, Weiske oversees the management, planning, and development of land and property, as well as the shared services and campus-wide operations.
Weiske was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2009. Previously, she served as the Vice President for Operations & Deputy Executive Vice President for Administration, a position she held from 2007 to 2009. In that role, she oversaw all the divisions and departments of the agency, including commercial leasing, contracting, and central business functions. She has also served as the Division Director of the Student & Auxiliary Services Division, overseeing all auxiliary enterprise operations, including revenue generating departments such as the tri-institutional bookstore. Prior to that, Weiske worked simultaneously as the General Manager of the Tivoli Denver Shopping Mall and as the Director of the Auraria Student Center, where she managed a synergistic new concept that transitioned a traditional commercial shopping mall into a mixed-use retail and student services center.
Weiske holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver. She is active in several professional and community organizations, including the Downtown Denver Partnership, for which she has served on the Economic Development Council and the Downtown Denver Neighborhood Leaders. She is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and has been appointed to their University Development and Innovation Council.
Weiske currently serves on the Denver Moves: Transit Task Force, contributing to Denver’s local transit vision and plan, and she's also on the steering committee for an amendment to the 2007 Downtown Area Plan, focused on the Central Platte Valley–Auraria District. She is a former chair of the Denver Lower Downtown District (LoDo) Board of Directors, and also served on the Mayor’s “Imagine 2020” Stakeholder’s Leadership Group, participating in the development of Denver’s cultural plan. Weiske has been an invited contributor in the Leadership for a Networked World, as part of Harvard University’s Public Sector for the Future Summit. She also participated in Harvard’s Shared Services Summit, which included serving on the executive leadership team in 2012.